For Teachers: Lessons

Rethinking the rise of the West: Global Commodities

Konstantin Georgidis, Canterbury School, Ft. Myers, Florida



  • Students develop an in-depth understanding of the reasons for the establishment in the 16th century of the global network of trade which was based on silver.
  • Students assess the consequences of this network of trade on the development of the regions that participated in this network during the period from 1500 – 1800.
  • Students assess the ramifications of current research regarding the history of this network for interpretations of modernity and the rise of the west in world history.