Marco polo and his family traversed the silk road

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10.Marco Polo and his family traversed the Silk Road during the Yuan Dynasty during the reign of Kublai Khan. What can his choice to travel such a distance reveal about Central Asia at such a time? (Ch. 12.3, pp. 300-301) 11. The Mongols conquered the largest land empire in world history; how did they effectively govern their territory? (Ch. 12.2 & 12.3, pp. 294-302) 12.After Cyrus the Great united the area around modern Iran under one ruler in 550 BCE, the Achaemenid Empire became one of the greatest societies of the ancient world. Although conquered by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE, the Persian (Achaemenid) Empire influenced later empires in the region such as the Parthian, Sassanid, Byzantine, Abbasid and Ottoman Empires. What were the most important influences of the Achaemenid Empire on later empires (Ch. 4.3, pp. 92-96) 13.In India the Gupta Empire achieved a Golden Age whose influence was felt throughout the Indian Ocean World, even after the empire collapsed. What were the most significant ways that the people of India contributed to world history before 1600? (Ch. 7.2, p. 177-180) and Lynda Shaffer’s Southernization Article harder than it looks Africa 14.Mali was a powerful West African empire. How did the Trans-Saharan trade affect the Malian Empire? (Ch. 15.2, pp. 371-377) 15.North East Africa has been the heart of many influential societies over the centuries. How did the societies of Meroe (the people who buried the head of Augustus) OR Axum (an ancient Coptic Christian society - also spelled Aksum) reflect interaction with neighboring civilizations? (Aksum - Ch. 8.2, pp. 199- 202; Meroe - Ch. 4.1, pp. 85-87) 16.The Indian Ocean trade network linked the East African coast, Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and China. How did it influence the coastal people of East Africa (the Swahili)? (Ch. 15.3, pp. 378-381) 17.The ruins of the walls of Great Zimbabwe now in the country of Zimbabwe continue to impress tourists from around the world. What were the most significant factors that lead to the creation of this wealthy kingdom?
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Muslim World 18.ibn Battuta travelled extensively through Afro Eurasia, and chronicled his journey in journals. What do ibn Battuta’s journeys reveal about Muslim world? (Ch. 15.2-3, pp. 374 & 379) 19.Following the Babylonian Captivity, and later, with the Diaspora, Jews began to spread throughout what would become the Muslim world. Examine the history of Jews within the Muslim world (700-1600) and determine whether it was one primarily of conflict or of coexistence. (See “Jews” in the index) 20.Between 711 and 1300 CE, Muslims ruled over a large part of modern Spain in what came to be known as Andalusia (or al-Andalus). What was the result of
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