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  • Big Era Six:The Great Global Convergence,1400-1800 CE

  • Some key themes:Old and New Worlds connectColumbian exchangeGlobal economyEuropean dominanceScientific Revolution & Enlightenment

  • Exchanges that began in Afroeurasia during Big Era Five continued to bring about change.Scholars translated books, taught others, and worked to gain knowledge. Trade introduced people to new products, increasing the demand for luxuries.Money moved across countryside and continents in exchange for goods.Religious ideas were hotly debated, and missionaries spread religions to new lands.Ruling groups debated laws, and military struggles continued.

  • European RenaissanceArab, Persian, Greek, Indian, Chinese knowledgeCrusades, Marco PoloArt, literature, philosophy, sciencePaid by royal courts and the wealthy of Italy, then NW EuropePrinting press (1468)

  • Sciences, philosophy, and the arts flowered in Europe after 1400. Knowledge of the Ancients entered Europe during the 12th century. Its origins were Greek, Arabic, Chinese, and Indian. It contained all natural sciences, math, applied sciences, and philosophy. Scholars flocked to Spain in the 1100s to translate books from Arabic to Latin.Scholars represented the heritage of ancient and eastern knowledge as a giant. Europeans had some catching up to do.

  • Rise of European Universities Demand for education stimulated the growth of European universities in major towns.

    These universities introduced new knowledge into the curriculum.

  • Islam and Christianity spread with empires, trade, and migration. Traders and Sufi orders spread Islam in Africa and Asia. The Ottoman Empire expanded into eastern Europe, and Islam spread into the Balkans. Catholic missionaries and religious orders followed the spread of empires in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Protestants colonized North America.Slide 22

  • Religions MorphMartin Luther - 1517ProtestantismChristianity spreads (Americas)Islam spreads (Afroeurasia)Buddhism spreads (Asia)Local polytheistic religions dominateSyncretism increases

  • Religious institutions and ideas changed with the timesInternational religious institutions developed, such as Sufi orders in Islam, Catholic and Protestant missionary orders in Christianity, and Muslim reformist groups in Africa and Arabia. Martin Luther challenged the Catholic Churchs authority and brought on the Protestant Reformation after 1517. He translated the Bible into German. Political leaders took sides, spawning European religious and national conflicts that lasted more than a centuryto the mid-1600s.Neo-Confucian doctrines were challenged by Wang Yangming (1472-1529) and his followers, emphasizing rational thought and reflection.

  • Asian commercial and political voyages on the seas continued.Ottoman naval vessels patrolled the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and the Indian Ocean.Zheng He, Admiral of the Ming fleet, made seven voyages around the Indian Ocean.Indian Ocean trade routes attracted merchants as they had for centuries.

  • Maritime technology changesBetter ships and better navigation toolsCannons onboard; firearms and iron toolsSpanish, English, Dutch, French, Portuguese create huge empiresImproved global communication, travel, & tradeAmerican empires hugely disadvantaged

  • Technologies from Afroeurasia led to new European ship designs in the 15th century.Chinese sternpost rudderArab lateen sailChinese compassMuslim portolan charts and maps

  • Columbus 1492Vasco da Gama 1498Magellan 1519After 1415, European mariners made voyages across the seas toward east and west. By 1519, Spanish ships had circumnavigated the globe. Others set out in search of wealth and adventure.Slide 11

  • Population extremes:A Tale of Two Hemispheres* Afroeurasia LEAPS: 375 million in 1400, 950 million in 1800 * Americas CRASH: 50 million in 1500, 10 million In 1600

  • The Great Dying1492-1850Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Andes, North AmericaCauses: disease, warfare, slaveryPrompted imported slaves from AfricaAffected plants and animals too (less in S. America)

  • African Slave Trade1500-1800: estimated 11 million 42% to Caribbean, 38% to Brazil, 5% USNeeded to replace dying Indians on plantations and minesDestroyed African societiesAfricanized the Americas; only 2 million Europeans immigrated

  • Rampant deforestationMostly in Europe, Americas, JapanFuel for mines, sugar industry, shipsEurope turned to coal; Japan chose reforestation

  • Deforestation intensified with growth in mining, shipbuilding, and plantation agriculture.Slide 20

  • Trade BoomsPrecious metals from Americas, Europeans benefit mostAccess to, funds for, Asian & African goodsSugar, coffee, tobacco create wealth for Europe, misery for people of Americas & AfricaRaw materials to Europe, finished products to Asia, Americas, Africa

  • Columbian Exchange

  • Global cash crops were grown on large plantations with slave labor.

    Caribbean sugar plantation 1600sEnvironmental changes resulted from introducing new speciesLivestock introduced to the Americas changed indigenous groups ways of life.

  • Europeans brought African slaves across the South Atlantic to labor in the colonies. The Atlantic slave trade grew from about 1,000 per year in the early 1500s to nearly 80,000 per year at the end of the 1700s.

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  • Rise of MilitarismGunpowder!New tactics, professional armiesWars of Religion, Puritan Revolution, 30 Years War, Seven Years War, American War of Independence, French RevolutionBritain emerges most powerfulEurope finally defeats Ottomans in 1800s

  • Persian, Indian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, and European artisans experimented with steel production for weapons.Land and maritime empires battled over control of trade, resources, and territory.Gunpowder empires in Asia, Africa, and Europe honed skills in production of artillery and handguns.Slide 31

  • States and Empires in 1519 CESlide 32

  • States and Empires in 1600 CESlide 33

  • States and Empires in 1714 CESlide 34

  • States and Empires in 1804 CESlide 35

  • Monarchs claimed absolute power.Slide 36

  • Printed books carried more and more information.Page numbers, indexing, and other citation systems became common.Rich illustrations stimulated interest in literacy and learning.Scientists shared detailed diagrams to replicate experiments and instruments.Sharp, accurate engraved illustrations helped spread innovative inventions rapidly.

  • Slide 25Maps reflected discovery and colonization.and helped exchanges of knowledge among people in the world.

  • Maritime technologies continued to improve after 1500.Mapping world wind patterns and oceanic currents.Ships were fully rigged with sails for speed and handling. Ships grew larger & stronger (500 tons in 1450 to 2000 tons by 1590).The sextant greatly improved navigation at sea.Cannons and ammunition improved.

  • Banking and law served new demands.Accountants learned double-entry bookkeeping with Arabic numerals.Commercial law protected private property and investments.More efficient bureaucracies and taxation increased the power of the governments purse.European monarchs issued charters to colonize overseas. Jurists experimented with civil and constitutional law.

  • Scientific RevolutionBased on questioning old ways of thinkingSources: Protestantism, new information from other culturesCopernicus, Galileo, Descartes, Pascal, Newton

    * Scientific method

  • The EnlightenmentSocial version of the Scientific RevolutionQuestioning Mans purpose, relationships with other Men and with governmentLed to doubts about organized religions

  • Charles I, beheaded in 1649 Charles I 1625-1649King George III1760-1820 Rebellion in American Colonies 1776Challenges to absolutism came from new elites with ideas about human rights.French Revolution1789Louis XVI 1775-1793 Slide 37

  • Reflections

    Europe was a world backwater pre-1500. What factors contributed to its growing importance after 1500?Did the Old World or the New World benefit more from the Columbian Exchange?How did the discovery of huge quantities of silver in the Americas affect Europe? China and India? Africa? The Americas?Did the world, overall, benefit or suffer from Europes dominance in this era?

    Woodcut 1513: Image copyright-free from Dover publications Djenne mosque: Bible: Wang Yangming: calligraphic engraving of Jesuits at Akbars court: ship: horn display:, Or: Ming ship:

    Ship image: Library of CongressLateen sail: Rogriana world map, Islamic, anonymous,1154: 40 Kathleen Cohen 1998 xploration 40 Kathleen Cohen 1998

    George Catlin: trajectory: Ottoman alsoMughal knife: gunners: by Robert PromMap by Robert PromMap by Robert PromMap by Robert PromMiniature of Sultan Sleyman: map 1502: Teaching (and probably also learning) Astronomy at the Chinese Court. Detail. Guy Louis Vernansal.18th c. Baroque, France. Exploration 10 Kathleen Cohen 1998: woodcuts from Dover publications