Rethinking the rise of the West: Global Commodities

 
 

Konstantin Georgidis, Canterbury School, Ft. Myers, Florida

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Introduction
Class Activities: Investigation, Mapping, and Role Play
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China and Europe, 1500-2000 and Beyond: What is "Modern"?

Teachers’ Guide with Study Questions: China and Europe, 1500-2000

Lessons:

Rethinking the rise of the West: The Great Divergence Debate

Rethinking the rise of the West: Global Commodities

Standards of Modernity – China and Europe

Parallels in England and the Yangzi Basin of China in the 1800s

CLASS ACTIVITIES: Comparing and Contrasting Points of View

E. Concluding class discussion

Ask students to discuss the following proposition:

    "After 1571, much of what passed as local history could be understood only through the wider lens of world history. Once connected, the fortunes of the continents were bound together forever."