Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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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…

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…

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…

Module 5: Reform and Social Change in the Mediterranean, 1798-1914 During the Long Nineteenth Century, new technologies brought Mediterranean peoples closer together across time and space, while the entire region became more accessible to world…

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…

This lesson explores modes of worship and religious tolerance during the medieval era. Students explore the role of religion in the Mediterranean during the period and analyze evidence of religious tolerance and shared artistic development throughout…

This lesson identifies for students the expanding trading networks across the Mediterranean during this period, highlighting their importance as centers of material as well as intellectual and technological exchange.

Students use primary sources in the form of texts and objects from excavations of Bronze Age sources from the second to the first millennium BCE—the Uluburun shipwreck, the port city of Ugarit, and a passages from the Hebrew Bible and other ancient…
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