Imperial China: Sui & T’ang

                    Imperial China Dynasties Sui (589 – 618) T’ang (624 – 755) Sung (960 – 1279) Yuan (1279 – 1368) Second Empire – Sui Dynasty & T’ang Dynasty Sui – unified the north, then conquered the south to unify the country – re-established the central government – restored the tax base,…

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Niccolo Machiavelli

                    Niccolo Machiavelli – political unity is justified by any means – student of ancient Rome – admired virtu (heroic acts by Roman Rulers) – his understanding of their acts was exaggerated (opinion) – Italy was under pressure from German, French, Spanish armies – Ideals were in the way of defending…

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Hundred Years War: Stage Two

                    HUNDRED YEARS WAR Stage Two – Taking advantage of even more division within France (Duchy of Burgundy) Henry V could easily take France – 1420 treaty of Troyes – proclaimed Henry V successor to French Throne – Henry V & French King Charles VI both died in 1422 – infant…

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Black Death: The Bubonic Plague

                    Black Death — Causes & Conditions – 90% of the people worked the land – due to growth in cities & in food production, the population doubled between 1000 – 1300 – more people to feed than food available or jobs to employ them – crop failures 1315 – 1317…

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The Middle East & World War One

                    The Middle East & World War One OVERVIEW: While the Ottoman Empire enters the war on Germany’s side, the Arabs (led by Sherif Hussein of Mecca) agree to side with the Allies (Britain, France, and Russia). They do so because of an agreement known as the Hussein-McMahon Correspondence in which…

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Japanese History: Shogun & Shinto

                    Setting – Japan is an island country: protected by the water from outside invasions – The sea provided fish & created sailors (and pirates too) – China deeply influenced Japan – Iron work, Confucian philosophies, Buddhism – Chinese immigrated bringing pottery & intermarrying – In the 6th & 7th centuries…

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Japanese History: Zen Buddhism

                    ZEN BUDDHISM “They who know do not tell, and they who tell do not know.” – Tao The King Became Taoism in China but is a sect of Buddhism. Teaches: · Dependence upon oneself for answers to questions and for wisdom · When question is felt, the answer is received…

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THE LATE MIDDLE AGES & THE RENAISSANCE

                    THE LATE MIDDLE AGES & THE RENAISSANCE Important Moments & People – Hundred Years War (Joan of Arc too) – The Black Death – Renaissance in Italy – Humanism – Renaissance Art – Machiavelli HUNDRED YEARS WAR 1337 – 1453 – Kings of (Capetian) France & (Norman) England build strong…

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Japan’s Feudal Development

                    Japan’s Feudal Development The organization of land into a standardized system was one of the developments necessary to allow the rise of Japan’s militarist society. Historically, the traditional uji (clans) had maintained themselves through basic agriculture while dominating the collective political environment. More people and planning were needed, however, in order…

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China’s First Empire

China’s First Empire                   Dynastic Cycle: Confucian Historians saw a pattern in 3 stages – “mandate of heaven” – stage one: wars that eventually lead to unification – proof that heaven has given the unifier the right to rule – the ruler consolidate  his power, restores peace, & economic growth follows –…

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