Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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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 In the first two decades of the 19th century the Ottoman Empire still dominated much of the eastern and southern coastlines of the Mediterranean (which included its semi-independent states of Egypt and Tunisia).   But as the century…

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…

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…

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…
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