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UNIT 4: Agricultural and Urban Revolutions

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Unit 8. Early Economies

How do societies assign value to land, labor, and material goods? A comparison of manorial economies in Japan and medieval Europe is contrasted with the tribute economy of the Inka, and the experience of dramatic economic change is illustrated by the commercial revolution in China. This unit is related to Unit 4 because it focuses on the economic complexities that resulted from the earlier transition to agricultural, urban societies. 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 4 because it explores issues of land and agriculture, as well as social equality in the early modern period. 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 4 because it raises issues about the consequences of trade in food that was made possible by the much earlier development of agriculture. more »





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