The World in 1500

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A brief presentation on the nature of human societies and global connections in 1500, to start off the semester

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The World in 1500

  1. 1. The World in 1500"The Past is a Foreign Country"
  2. 2. The World Today
  3. 3. Population 2000
  4. 4. World Wealth 1990
  5. 5. Major Political Territories, c. 1450 CE
  6. 6. Population Distribution, 1500
  7. 7. Wealth Distribution, 1500
  8. 8. Isolation
  9. 9. Isolation
  10. 10. Expansion
  11. 11. Universals• Monarchy• Aristocracy• Slavery• Patriarchy• 1-2% urbanization, maybe 4-5% literacy• 90%+ of population involved in agriculture• Physical, social, career mobility extremely limited: vast majority living and working almost exactly as parents had.
  12. 12. Technology• Engineering & Metallurgy• Transportation• Medicine• Agriculture
  13. 13. Cultural Zones• East Asia• SE Asia• Pacific/Oceania• Ottoman Empire• Africa• Russia• Western Europe• Americas
  14. 14. Sources• Maps – Background Image/Isolation 1: Account of the Islands of the Mediterranean by Martellus, Henricus, Germanus; Florence, 1489. British Library – Isolation 2: Da Ming Hun Yi Tu world map (1389), Wikipedia Images – Expansion: Typus Cosmographicus Universalis by Huttich and Grynaus, American Geographical Society – http://www.worldmapper.org/ – Stearns, et al., World Civilizations: The Global Experience, 6th edition, 2011, Pearson.

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