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Week 6 HIST 1005 Notes

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These notes cover the Chavin, Olmecs, Sub-Saharan African people, the Kush empire, the Meroe Kingdom, West African Kingdoms, and Greece.
World History to 1500
Dr. Jason Wolfe
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Date Created: 10/08/16
15-20,000 BC: Humans made it to the Americas Common cultures in the Americas  Technically considered pre-historic groups because they do not have written documents and is primarily based on archeology  Early inhabitants: o Dispersed villages o Little contact with once another (usually where canoe travel was) o Isolated  Had no domesticatable animals  Wheel was not used for hauling or transportation because of the mountainour/jungle terrain and used instead pack animals  Travel, communication, and trade limited Chavin in Andes (1400-200 BC)  Lived in Andes mountains  United by shared belief system  Tied through shared cultural identity, NOT political unity  Settled agriculture (maize, potatoes, llamas, alpacas, and wolves)  Organized VERTICALLY Arts  Created advanced textiles, carvings, and metal work (created independently of Europe/Asia/Africa  Shared artistic tradition motivated by devotion to gods  Chavin de Huantar (spiritual capital/temple) o Shamans communicated with gods through use of hallucinogens o Made pilgrimages to give tribute to temple o Sacrifices o Important to Incan and Aztec culture o Created devotional cults that focused on wild animals (jaguars, serpents, and hawks) Olmecs in Mesoamerica (1500 BC)  1 advanced civilization in central Mexico st  1 generation, small scale community trying to create new political and economic institutions o Loose confederations of villages o Traded with each other, shared common language, and worshipped same gods  Practiced subsistence farming (maize, beans, squash, cacao), which allowed for a larger population  Trade networks developed between villages for surplus produce, ceramics, and precious goods (jade) used for religious purpose  Religion: o Cities are scared (where offerings and shamans were) o Deities centered around agricultural events (Rain god) o Art reflected the natural and supernatural (a jaguar that is part man and part jaguar)  Sports: o Cities had athletic hubs o Ball courts  Played with a rubber ball  Players were memorialized in statues  Possible ritualized sacrifice of players  Nature and time o Cosmology  Social distinctions o Had complex social hierarchy (priests -> chieftains (aristocracy) -> merchants -> farmers o Aristocracy controlled agriculture  Loss of centers o Not clear why o Could have been volcanic activity increase, mass illness, mass emigration o Influenced other Mesoamericans Sub-Saharan Africa 4 regions: 1. Sahara desert  Supported pastoral people, Tuareg  Promoted contact between northern and Sahel region 2. Sahel region  Economy based on fishing and agriculture  Has shells (useful) 3. Sudanic savanna region  Senegal river basin to west nile  Grasslands  Home to many W. African kingdoms  Did not have tsetse flies (“African sleeping sickness”) 4. Western and central African rainforests  Had tsetse flies  Was hard to grow crops Similarities  Some form of higher power  There are animalistic beliefs  Had some kind of divine king Rise of Matrilineal Inheritance and political power  Importance in yam cultivation in society  Women harvested the yams Kush Empire (1700-1500s BC)  Capital at Kerma  Tension with Egypt  Traded ivory, gold, and slaves Meroe Kingdom  Most developed of the Sudanic kingdom (Nibia)  Only area known to people outside Africa o Contacted and conquered throughout history by Egypt o Strong connection to Sub-sahara Africa  Influenced pharaohic culture o Wrote hieroglyphs o Erected pyramids  To prove Egyptian autonomy, relocated capital 300 miles upstream  Ring center for production and commerce  Walled city contained monumental buildings West African Kingdoms  Settlements established along Niger River o Iron-working o Weaving  Nok Culture o Taruga saw early iron smelting o Stone to iron use o Tech and commodities spread east to west o Migrated into central African rainforests to farm o Best known for terra-cotta figurines  Iron tools led to farming technology improvement o More food could be grown o Supported larger communities to increase population  Bantu migrations started around 500-300 BC Warring Ideas in Mediterranean World  Violent upheavals created new ways of organizing 2 nd generation societies o Seaborne people of the Basin shared common traits  Shared goods and ideas  Maritime technology: new ships and sails were faster and easier  Homer’s Odyssey  New world of city-states o Characterized by family-based associations of citizens who ruled collectively o Commercial centers were sites for exchange and trade o Self-government and democracy  Known as Qart(Phonecian), polis(Greek), and civitas (Roman)  Citizens governed themselves and selected officials o Types of self-government  Ruled by tyrants  Ruled by a few wealthy and powerful citizents (oligarchies)  Ruled by all adult free males (democracy) o Families as foundation  Small family unit most important  Men ruled over household  Women had little public role (those who carried on conversations in public were labeled courtesans)  Spartan women were the exception  Exercised alongside men  Held property and right o Competition and war  Violent rivalries between city-states over land, trade, religion, and resources  Developed better military technology and tactics  Phalanx: Greek word for a block-like infantry formation  Sparta was exception due to social organization of discipline and military order (no cointed money or chattel slavery, Helots)  Rivalies were in the form of althetics  Olympic Games (776 BC)  Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC): longest and most destructive, fought between Athens and Sparta Classical Greece  Challenge of Peria o Ionian Revolt(499-494 BC): Turkey revolted but Persia was too strong and won o Persian Invasion (490 BC): Persia attacked Greece because they blamed Ionian Revolt on Greek Influence  Battle of Marathon: see Greek city-states come together to fight Persia o Xerces (480 BC)  Renewed Persian Invasion  Battle of Thermophylae  Battle of Salamis: 1 great naval battle, Greeks beat Persian fleet  Battle of Plataeu(479 BC): Greek victory over Persia Athenian Empire in Age of Pericles  Delian League (478-477 BC): a pact between Greek city-states that followed the idea that if you start trouble, we won’t help you; but if you fall into trouble, we will.  Pericles o Democracy  Magistrates: one who administers and regulates laws  Ostracism: banishment by popular vote o Athenian imperialism  Control over League  Thucydides o Spartan fear of Athens  Athens = naval power along with tall walls vs. Spartans = land power (siege warfare, tried to starve the city)  Plague in Athens in 430 BC, which killed Pericles  Athens surrender in 404 BC  Greek city states continue to fight Culture of Classic Greece  Writing in history o Herodotus (484-425 BC): wrote the “Persian Wars”, father of history, tried to give accurate history o Thucydides (460-400 BC): wrote “History of the Peloponnesian War”, practiced writing objectively, not writing about gods, human action NOT divine action  Greek Drama o Tragedies o Nature of Good and Evil o Comedies  Drama-Tragedy/Comedy o Pedagogical intent (teach a lesson), not just entertainment o All actors are male o Emphasis on story and not stage Classical Ideal  Architecture o Temples o Math ratios found in nature o Parthenon: takes viewers into account from basically any angle  Scultpure o Ideal beauty o Subjects usually male (men are in control)  Columns: from simple to complex o Doric: most simple o Ioninc o Corinthian: most complex  Greek Love of Wisdom o Philosophy o Sophists: no right or wrong, 1 relativists, relied on rhetoric (ability to make an argument) o Socrates: Socratic method, examined aspects of life through others


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