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UNIT 8: Early Economies

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Unit 6. Order and Early Societies

How do diverse political structures and relationships distribute power and material resources? Through the rise of the Chinese empire, Mayan regional kingdoms, and the complex society of Igbo Ukwu, this unit considers the origins of centralized states and alternative political and social orders. It is related to Unit 8 because economic needs help determine the political and social order of societies. 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. It is related to Unit 8 because empires, through tribute and taxes, were critical to constructing early economic systems in diverse areas of the world. 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 8 because it documents the importance of global trade in the early modern era — trade that was made possible by the economic organization provided by early economies. more »

Unit 24. Globalization and Economics

How have the forces of globalization shaped the modern world? This unit travels from the Soviet Union to Sri Lanka and Chile to study the role of technology and the impact of economic and political changes wrought by globalization. It is related to Unit 8 because global connections came to have an important impact on political economies in diverse areas of the world. more »





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