Theme 1: We are beginning to see small amounts of migration and settlement into new lands outside of the large empires shown above. Most of the technology centers around improving farming techniques. Theme 2: During this period we see the rise of two major religions: Christianity and Buddhism. Both will have a slow growth and most places will look to blend some of their ideals into their own traditional values. Theme 3: This era comes down to the Big 3: Rome, Han China, and India (Mauryan & Gupta). While these three do not interact with one another, it is important to note how they interact with the pastoral nomads and clans that surround their empires. Theme 4: We will begin to see some trade and trade routes develop. Most trade is small and intra-regional. Theme 5: Women and slaves have little to no rights and most places continue to have an aristocratic social hierarchy with the rich, male landowners having all of the power. Most societies will start to put in social classes and there is usually little to no opportunity to move up (or down) in these social pyramids.
Important Dates for Unit 2
Sep 16 - Chap 2-3 Quiz Sep 17 - Part 1 of World Religions Project due Sep 25 - Chap 4-5 Quiz Sep 28 - Comparative Essay due Sep 30 - Unit 1-2 Test Sep 30 - Part 2 of World Religions Project due Oct 1 - World Religions presentations Oct 2 - World Religions presentations
Areas of Focus this Unit
People to Know for Unit 2
Place for all your Notes, Readings, and Activities
All of the major religions (except for Islam) take hold during this time, which begins with the rise of the Classical civilizations
3 major classical civilizations: Rome, India, and China, much of what happens during this time period centers on these three locations.
It's important to know how these three civilizations rose and fell (common theme, get used to it)
Along with the establishments of religions and civilizations, trade also begins to become the major force and focus during this time period.
Religions will grow, spread, and change during this time period; especially Buddhism and Christianity