Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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Module 4: Mediterranean Transformations in a Changing Global Context, 1450-1800 This period in history sees the expansion of European states into the Indian Ocean and across the Atlantic to the New World, and these enormous changes have tended to…

Topic Overview At the beginning of this period in 1450, two great empires were forming at either end of the Mediterranean: Spain and the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans under Mehmet II were poised to conquer Constantinople and put an end to the last…

Topic Overview The purpose of this topic is to engage students in analysis of the ways in which individuals and groups experienced the expansion and competition of empires in this period, and to examine how those individual experiences can shed light…

Students will compare several historical maps of the period, including: • Carta Catalana, 1452 • Mürsiyeli İbrahim Efendi’s 1461 map of the Mediterranean • Henricus Martellus Germanus’ 1490 world map • Piri Reis’ 1513 world map…

Students will research a set of individuals whose life stories reflect themes of movement, imperial competition, trade, piracy, slavery, etc. and then create geo-biographies on an online map. Each working group of students will plot at least 4-5…

Topic Overview The Mediterranean has long been understood as a region that connected societies and economies through trade, especially in the classical and medieval periods. However, in the early modern period, known as the European Age of…

This lesson tracks the spread of coffee from Ethiopia and Yemen to the Ottoman Empire to various European cities by following the debate over coffee and the new institution of the coffeehouse. The document-based inquiry lesson focuses on primary…

This lesson on silk covers a wide range of concepts related to the uses of silk for international elites over a millennium and more, the growth of import/export trade in a luxury good, the establishment of European manufacturing centers for silk as…

Topic Overview The port cities of the Mediterranean were hubs in the trade in globalized commodities and political networks of the region, connected both to one another and to their hinterlands, although there were frequently tensions along both of…

Topic Overview When we think of slavery in the period from 1450-1800, the story of trans-Atlantic slavery—the enslavement and forced migration of 12-15 million African people to labor in the plantations and mines of North and South America and the…
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