The West 600-1500
What is the West anyway?
The WEST or Western Civilization refers to
Western Europe and then later will include the
United States.
Western Europe

Compared with
Byzantine, Chinese,
and Islamic Empire
In Western Europe . . .
• There was less political
unity and more
competition between
regions
– More militarized
– Is comp...
In Western Europe . . .
• The political rulers were
weaker –
– The Church and warriorelite class challenged
their power
In Western Europe . . .
• The cities were more independent and
powerful
– Merchants had more freedom

• There was more sep...
In Western Europe
...
• Women had
higher status
– Monogamy
– Female religious
orders
– No veiling nor
seclusion
CONTINUITIES – W European
characteristics that continued past the
1400s
• Crusading element of European
expansion
• Milita...
European Technology (borrowed from)
•
•
•
•
•
•

Iron horseshoes & horse collar (China)
Cross-bow (Arab)
Gunpowder (China)...
Also . . .
• Heavy wheeled plow
• Crop rotation (3 field system)
• Water mills and engineering power
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Western civ compared&continuities

  1. 1. The West 600-1500 What is the West anyway?
  2. 2. The WEST or Western Civilization refers to Western Europe and then later will include the United States.
  3. 3. Western Europe Compared with Byzantine, Chinese, and Islamic Empire
  4. 4. In Western Europe . . . • There was less political unity and more competition between regions – More militarized – Is competition good?
  5. 5. In Western Europe . . . • The political rulers were weaker – – The Church and warriorelite class challenged their power
  6. 6. In Western Europe . . . • The cities were more independent and powerful – Merchants had more freedom • There was more separation between political and religious life • There was a strong emphasis on human REASON in academics – Aristotle and Greek rationality were emphasized
  7. 7. In Western Europe ... • Women had higher status – Monogamy – Female religious orders – No veiling nor seclusion
  8. 8. CONTINUITIES – W European characteristics that continued past the 1400s • Crusading element of European expansion • Military conflicts between European territories • Emphasis on reason • Split in Christianity • Separation of religious and political authority
  9. 9. European Technology (borrowed from) • • • • • • Iron horseshoes & horse collar (China) Cross-bow (Arab) Gunpowder (China) Magnetic compass (China & Arab) Lateen sail (Arab) Paper (China)
  10. 10. Also . . . • Heavy wheeled plow • Crop rotation (3 field system) • Water mills and engineering power
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