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UNIT 15: Early Global Commodities

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Unit 9. Connections Across Land

How were land-based trade routes conduits of both commerce and culture? The Eurasian Silk Roads, the trans-Saharan Gold Roads, and the Meso-American Turquoise Road trace the transmission of commodities, religions, and diseases, as well as the movements of people. It is related to Unit 15 because it provides comparative cases for an earlier period of trade. more »

Unit 10. Connections Across Water

How were water routes used as conduits of expansion and trade? The traders of the Indian Ocean, the early Mississippians, and the Norsemen carried death and disease, skills and technologies, philosophies and religion down rivers and across oceans. It is related to Unit 15 because it provides a useful framework for comparing earlier water-based trade with the post-1500 global maritime trade. more »

Unit 14. Land and Labor Relationships

What factors shape the ways in which the basic resources are exploited by a society? From Southeast Asia to Russia to Africa and the Americas, the ratios between land availability and the usable labor force were the primary basis of pre-industrial economies, but politics, environment, and culture played a part as well. It is related to Unit 15 because the system of Atlantic slavery was an outgrowth of global trade networks forged after 1500. more »

Unit 16. Food, Demographics, and Culture

What role has food played in human societies? Studying the production and consumption of food allows historians to uncover hidden levels of meaning in social relationships, understand demographic shifts, and trace cultural exchange. This unit examines the earliest impact of globalization including changing cuisine, environmental impact, and the rise of forced labor as a global economic force. It is related to Unit 15 because changing foodways emerged from the increasing global connections forged after 1500. more »





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