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UNIT 6: Order and Early Societies

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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. It is related to Unit 6 because it explores the ways early political orders interacted with early economic systems. more »

Unit 11. Early Empires

What makes an "empire?" Through the Mongol empire, the Mali empire, and the Inka empire, this unit examines the construction of empires, their administrative structures, legitimating ideologies, and the environmental and technological conditions that shaped them. This unit related to Unit 6 because it develops an important — and large-scale — form of political order that resulted from complex society. more »

Unit 13. Family and Household

What does the study of families and households tell us about our global past? In this episode examining West Asia, Europe, and China, families and households become the focus of historians, providing a window into the private experiences in world societies, and how they sometimes become a model for ordering the outside world. It is related to Unit 2 because it illustrates the important role of the family as an entity with its own memory and history. more »

Unit 20. Imperial Designs

What lasting impacts did modern imperialism have on the world? The profound consequences of imperialism are examined in the South African frontier and Brazil, where politics, culture, industrial capitalism, and the environment were shaped and re-shaped. This unit is related to Unit 6 because it provides an opportunity to compare and contrast the relationships among the parts of modern empires with those of the distant past. more »





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