As the first agricultural revolution led to ancient, then medieval cities, urbanization led to a variety of consequences effecting health, the environment, and increased trade (one aspect of the unforced migration and movement of people)
Would rather learn about medieval history on the go? Some of my favourite forms of media are audiobooks and podcasts. Listen to one (optionally take notes) and be prepared to talk about it!
Usual host 400-Rabbits takes a turn as the interviewee, speaking on the relationship between the sister cities of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco. The early history of the Mexica, the founding of the cities, and their different trajectories in Mesoamerican history are covered, culminating in the 1473 CE war between the two polities. In the background of the episode is the problem of interpreting primary sources, their biases and inconsistencies.
|Poster / Illustration
Create a visual aid which will help you discuss one of the following topics:
Idea: be able to describe the culture and why they were migrating.
(from: invasions of the Roman Empire)
Write a historically-inspired short story from the perspective of a peasant or serf.
Create a PowerPoint presentation that effectively addresses one aspect of the changes in population and living standards from the 7th century to the 1750’s
|Describing a Civilization|
One way to describe civilization is by a common set of features: arts and culture, organized commerce, organized religion, central government, knowledge transfer, public works, technological innovation (such as writing, weapons, sewer systems etc.), and social structure. Choose one ancient or medieval civilization and provide a paragraph describing each of these features as they pertain to your choice.
Research and form a thesis on a chosen topic on the theme comparative religion. What are the main features of each of the major religions? What did the major religions have in common? What makes them different? (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and optionally Taoism)
|Question: What advantages did agriculture have over the hunter-gather way of life?
Present a well-developed argument (visually, essay or paragraph form, PowerPoint) as to the advantages that agriculture had over the hunter-gather way of life?
|Notes and reflections: your choice of text|
Take notes, or reflect upon an journal or magazine article or text chapter which deals with early human evolution up to and including the first agricultural revolution.
|Reflection: Eurocentric History
Define and share your thoughts on the idea of eurocentrism. Consider these prompts: