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Theme 1 big history

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Theme 1 big history

  1. 1. Theme 1: Big History<br />Ed Willcox<br />HIST 140<br />
  2. 2. The Day the Universe Changed<br />How we react to the universe is all based on what we know. <br />How we view history makes us who we are.<br />What we discover today can change the way that we look at the past.<br />Some people do not want change, learning about the past will help us change the future. <br />
  3. 3. The Day the Universe Changed<br />We know what we know because we asked questions, formulated the answers, and began to accept them. <br />Ancient Greeks were great thinkers, we get most of our curiosity from them. <br />Once we have what we believe to be “truth”, we strive to protect it and we resist any change. <br />
  4. 4. Journey of Man<br />Spencer Wells’ “Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey” genetic data helps trace early modern humans.<br />Luca was the first man to use blood to see common traits present in genes of different people, “time machine hidden in our genes”. <br />Africa was the birthplace of human life. <br />
  5. 5. Journey of Man<br />Humans can possibly be traced to a man who lived in Africa over 60,000 years ago. <br />Homo Erectus evolved in Africa, then migrated through several ways to other parts of the world. <br />Migration stemmed from differences in ideas and communication between early humans, which led to a world increase in population. <br />
  6. 6. Catastrophe!<br />535 A.D. a catastrophe changed the climate of the entire world. <br />Rain from the sky poured down red, dust was everywhere, even blotted out the sun. <br />People feared the worst, most thought it would be the end of the Earth.<br />Plague, famine, and drought.<br />
  7. 7. Catastrophe!<br />David Keyes used tree rings, ice caps, and written records from different cultures during the time period to find when it happened. <br />Volcanic activity, Asteroid, or Comet were some of the possible explanations for the catastrophe. <br />Keyes’ theory was an enormous volcanic eruption in indonesia. <br />
  8. 8. Guns, Germs, & Steel<br />Asia and Europe basically controlled most of the world because of differences in population, resources, and terrain as opposed to Africa and the Americas. <br />Power shifted to Europe as the Eastern policies got in the way of some technological adaptations. <br />European nations were sending out explorers to conquer lands in the name of their land. <br />
  9. 9. Guns, Germs, & Steel<br />China invented paper and gunpowder<br />Africa originated the plague<br />Writing was very important in Spain<br />Diseases such as smallpox, measles, and other new sicknesses wiped out entire populations who were not used to these germs. <br />
  10. 10. Age of Discovery<br />Nations in Europe sent explorers to all over the world in search of better trading routes and riches.<br />Bridge between the Middle Ages and the Modern era.<br />Spices were very rare and considered valuable trade items.<br />
  11. 11. Age of Discovery<br />Trade routes were established as well as colonies and settlements<br />Discovery of new lands and cultures<br />This golden era of discovery allowed cartographers to create more accurate and more detailed maps. <br />

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