Potosi and the Globalization of an Empire

Globalization is nothing new – the indigenous peoples slaving away in the Potosi mines 500 years ago could tell you all about it, while Europeans cracked the whip in order to buy Asian-made goods at affordable prices. Add in the fact that the mines were supplied with food and coca by African slaves laboring away in the low lands, and you have a template for the modern integrated global economy – exploitation, unequal rewards, and all. Continue reading “Potosi and the Globalization of an Empire”

The Inca: Church, State, and the Arc of History in the Realm of the Four Parts

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Sejong the Great

Would you rather have a leader who is powerful or one who is wise? Can wisdom lead to strength? Is it better to break with tradition, to follow it, or to adapt it to suit your circumstances?
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Pungsu, the Art of Korean Geomancy

How does a society explain good and evil? How does it find balance and harmony with its surroundings? Is your society in harmony with nature?
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Korean History – The Basics

How have the three dynasties of Korea, its foreign invasions, and Chinese contacts influenced Korea’s historical development?
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Foot Binding and the Standard of Beauty

What is beauty? Is it universal, or specific to one’s culture? What effect do concepts of beauty have on the behavior and self-image of everyday people?
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The Silk Road, International Trade, and Global Prosperity

How do goods, wealth, technology, and culture spread? What is gained or lost in the exchange? Does trade benefit all sides equally? Who sets the terms of international trade?
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Adapted in part from open sources.
China’s ancient capital of Xian became a cosmopolitan melting pot because its position as a crossroad of the Silk Road trading network, a home to Buddhists and Muslims, where almost anything that was for sale in the ancient world could be bought or sold. (Xian, China, 2015.)

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Augusto Sandino, National Hero

Is it heroic or foolish to fight against impossible odds, even if you know you are right? When is violence and revolt a justifiable strategy for change?
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William Walker, the Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny

Does might make right? If you can do something, should you? Who decides what history is worth learning?
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The Aztec: Life Under the Fifth Sun in Old Mexico

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