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HST 121: Weeks 3 and 4

by: Bethany Marsfelder

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These notes cover the Black Plague, Recovery/Expanding Worlds, and Ecological Imperialism. This will be on the midterm.
Global History to 1750
George Kallander
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Black Death, BlackPlague, SUHST121, Ecological Imperialism, Imperialism, Syracuse University, syracuse, Pre-Columbian America
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Date Created: 10/18/16
August 31, 2016 - September 9, 2016 HST 121 – Professor Kallander Lecture: The Nomadic Frontier: The Islamic World, Byzantium, China  The Islamic World o Nomadic people  Animals, horses, weapons, help, fire o Focus Questions  How did the Islamic world deal with steppeland neighbors?  What strengths did the Turks bring to the Islamic world?  What was the nature of the Crusades and its consequences? o Sects of Islam  Shite (shee-ite) – believe power is hereditary from Mohammad’s daughter Fatimah (“capital” was Cairo)  Suni (soo-nee) – the prophet Mohammad’s first kalif (spiritual leader of Islam) was his father-in-law (“capital” was Baghdad)  Spanish Islam  All of them want to be the kalif  All share (similarities): Qu’ran, pilgrimage to Mecca, Arabic, belief in Mohammad, mutual understanding  Islam is the most far-reaching, widespread, global religion in the 11 century. Was spread by books/education. o Pilgrims  Pride, respect, economic/military/religious power o Threats to Islamic World  Christian states in Europe  Steppelanders/Turks from Central Asia  Turks adopted Islam instead of threatening it  Expansion of Islam via the Turks  Central Asia and North Africa  No written languages, no permanent settlement, different way of life: Islamic World felt threatened  We don’t know much about them/why they did what they did; we know them as conquerors and our impression of them is colored by the notion of ‘savagery’ and them as an ‘Army of God’  However, they convert to Islam, which “absorbed” the Turks o Europe, in contrast, tried to fight off or interact with their steppeland invaders/nomads, as did China o Hungary and Bulgaria are the only two nations who “absorbed” their steppeland invaders and made them assimilate.  The Islamic Empire o Why did the Turks get incorporated?  Character of empire  Islam as a universal religion  Jihad appealed to warrior culture  The Empire was a melting pot  Arabs were a minority early in history  Well practiced tolerance for new converts  With the Crusades, disharmony between religions starts  European Reaction  Long isolated from the rest of Eurasia, developed a siege mentality (Western) th  Did incorporate two groups of nomadic raiders by 10 century) Magyars and Vikings)  Focused on outward expansion and conquest, especially into Islamic world and into Slavic lands o Crusades, 10 -11 centuries  Western perspective: a really big thing/deal  Islamic perspective: small nuisance  Who/what were the Crusades/Crusaders?  Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in search of salvation  “Violence in the name of Christian faith”, especially targeting Islam  Crusades of 1090s o Mediterranean expansion th o Zangi (Turkish leader) – mid-12 century  Pillar of Faith  Jihad o Sahladin (Kurdish leader), 1198 Jerusalem falls  Shites pushed out of Cairo, forced to Iran o Propaganda – Palestine must be taken back by Christendom, leaders provided funds and endorsement o Expansion of Turks ended harmony between Christians and Muslims o Crusade Consequences  Legacy of Jihad  Less harmony between religious communities  Animosity toward Jewish, who were vilified  China, ca. 1000-1200 o What were imperial developments in Song China? o How did Song China deal with northern barbarians? o Why do nomads and settled peoples tend to be enemies?  Civilizations differ, so both feel threatened, but mostly they got along/traded for resources o Who had the largest economies pre-Industrial Revolution?  China and India: important and suggest why they could not be invaded o Most invaders of China stayed and became Chinese; except the Mongols o Song Dynasty China (960-1279)  Importance of China, past and present  Golden age  Dynastic cycle, rise and fall of Chinese states  Mandate of Heaven – the right to rule and to be the son of Heaven, father to the people  Confucian/didactic view of history  Koryo Korea (936-1392) th th  China of the past smaller than China of today (especially in the 17 and 18 centuries)  Powerful neighbors o Importance of the Song Dynasty  Importance of agriculture  Social hierarchy: peasants, Confucian aristocracy, scholars, bureaucrats, military  Weak military in favor of art, education, and philosophy  Schools  Changes in previous periods help stabilize the Song Dynasty  Taxes now paid in cash  Grains to cash  No more conscription, as it was switched to another form of tax o Agricultural Developments  More easily-ripening rice: 2x crop  Water control/dams, levies  More fertilized  New crops  Tea more widespread; cotton  Irregular benefits  Some profited more, some less, some landless peasants working for landlords o Scholar-Gentry Class  Typical scholar family had one member who had passed Confucian civil service exams  These families would become much more important later, as the civil service exam determined status o Commercial Developments  Development of Yangtze River basin  Rice products, rice as tax o More Technology  Coal and Smelting  Tools, weapons o Printing Developments  Woodblock prints  Abacus, gunpowder, and textiles o Song Culture  Strong economy, schools  Among officials and gentry in countryside  Songs as peak of traditional culture  Song porcelain made pottery from East Asia (and Koryo Korea) o Zho Xi (1130-1200)  Developed Neo-Confucianism  White Deer Grotto Academy  Orthodox learning in Song Dynasty and rest of East Asia  “Great Ultimate Principle (li)”  Neo-Confucianism contributed to social and political stability September 12, 2016 – September 14, 2016 HST 121: Professor Kallander Lecture: The World the Mongols Made  Comings and goings of people, technology  Great Wall was built by China against the nomadic invaders and Mongols; for Chinese, symbolize the greatness of civilization  “No more walls”; religion, economic, technology, metaphorical, symbolic, geographical to facilitate cooperation  Temujin/Genghis Khan (r. 1206-1327), unites Mongol tribes (Chinggis Khaan) o What he did/created 800 years ago had vast impacts on Eurasian/modern history  Religious pluralism and harmony to ensure peace/prosperity, though felt their own was superior  Only consequence? Submit freely and fully!  Does not create something new but perfects it  Was not royal, but common; begins to organize, learn warfare, gathers blood ties w/ charisma and strong personality  Wins over or defeats neighboring tribes under one name; the Mongols. Gives foreigners positions of power/authority  Gets rid of clans/smaller ties  Declares mission: rule over “sea of grass”, unify the world  Needed to distribute wealth between every family and person  Dies after defeating Manchurian dynasty and fell off his horse while hunting  Sons able to carry on empire  Rise of the Mongols o Nomadism: Mongols, Xiongnu (Huns), Turks  Steppe/sea of grass  Pastoralism, trade, raiding  Self-sufficiency yet interaction with sedentary world  Plurality of religious practice  Ideas of Great Khan  Perhaps diminishing pasture land reason for expansion  Mongol Conquests (1206-1258) o Massive army invaded places that have never been invaded before o Conquest from Korea to Hungary, Moscow to Baghdad, except amphibious warfare  New tech, adaptation  Horse and the bow; Mongols would feign retreat  Weapons far superior  Whistling arrows  Siege technology  Use of terror and propaganda  Kill 99 and save 1, release to tell other towns  Approx. 250,000 Mongols o Khanates  Chaghadai (Central Asia)  Golden Horde (Russia)  Persia Il-Khanate (Persia)  Yuan Dynasty (China)  Use of local elites  Tax farming  Mongol rulers tended to focus on feasting, hunting, and internal disputes rather than day-to-day government, which was left to local elites  Fracturing o Mongol defeat (1274-1281) when tried to invade Japan o Ger – Russian yurt, where all Mongols lived  Mongol Campaigns o Berke (r. 1257-1266): Golden Horde in Russia  Russia conquered, lasting consequences o Khan’s Grandsons  Khubilai (r. 1260-1294): Yuan Dynasty in China  All of China conquered by 1279  Hulagu (r. 1256-1265): Il Khanate in Middle East, Persia  Monke, Great Khan (d.1260) o Youngest son of Genghis o Everything begins to come apart  Mamluks in Egypt defeat Mongols, Battle of Ain Jalut (1260) o First time the Mongols were defeated, in the same spot as where David and Goliath fought o Mongols look unstoppable, plan to invade Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the heart of the Islamic world  However, Great Khan Monke dies, and everything grinds to a halt, as campaigns had to stop to elect new Great Khan  Dissent  Leader of the Golden Horde will not allow Khubilai Khan to become Great Khan  Golden Horde and Hulagu goes to war over territory and leadership  Khubilai attempted to invade Vietnam, Java, Japan, but failed  Mongol Impact, 1300s and beyond o United people in trade with safe trade routes o First “credit card” o Pony express o Movement of people, technology, science/chemistry o Modern world begins to emerge o World’s largest zone for freedom of religion o Destruction  Central Asia desertification  Afghanistan  Used to be very fertile  Medieval Burma  Russia  Language  Tartar sauce story


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