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✈️  Unit 9: Globalization

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1.0 Overview of Unit 1: The Global Tapestry






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written by

william dramby

June 19, 2020

The one thing you need to know about this unit:

Regional Societies are building on past developments and thriving. 

Unified beliefs = Unified governments = Increased technology = Stability = Economic advancement

Contextualizing the Unit

Before 500 CE, many classical powers like Rome, Han China, and Gupta India dominated. However, between 500-1200, these powers fell and their regions became decentralized.

By 1200, these regions are once again unifying. Europe, China, South Asia, and regional powers in Africa and the Americas are both building on their paths by infusing traditional religions and philosophies into their societies while also advancing economically and technologically.

Main Events

1192: Japan installs a shogun

1206: Delhi Sultanate takes power in northern India

1215: King John of England is forced to sign the Magna Carta

1258: Mongols conquer the Abbasid Caliphate

1279: China’s Song Dynasty falls

1321: Renaissance writer Dante dies

1324: Mali King Mansa Musa starts hajj to Mecca

1325: Aztecs found the city of Tenochtitlan


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Major Trends Between 1200-1450

Social - Increased use of stable hierarchies

Political - Increase in state control and bureaucracies

Interaction with Environment - changed environments via canals, agriculture, cities and roads to meet societies’ needs

Cultural- religions and philosophies built upon past teachings and spread across state borders

Economical - trade increased urbanization and created a more interconnected world

Technological - with political and economic stability, new technologies could be developed and spread

🎥Watch: WHAP - Overview: World to 1450

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