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UNIT 10: Connections Across Water

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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. This unit is related to Unit 10 because land-based trade networks were the counterpoint — and partner of — water-based trade networks. 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. This unit is related to Unit 10 because the movement of peoples during the slave trade was possible only because of sea trading routes and because it re-oriented earlier land and sea trading networks. more »

Unit 15. Early Global Commodities

What is globalization and when did it begin? Before the sixteenth century, the world's four main monetary substances were silver, gold, copper, and shells. But it was China's demand for silver and Spain's newly discovered mines in the Americas that finally created an all-encompassing network of global trade. This unit is related to Unit 10 because these early global commodities moved around the globe by water-based trade. 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 10 because many of the changes that occurred in the foodways and cultures of these regions were the result of connections made by water-based trade. more »





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