Theme 1: We still do not see lots of migration yet, though we will begin to see key tools be invented to assist with farming. The bubonic plague will also have a devastating effect on much of Eurasia. Theme 2: This is the time of the birth and rise of Islam. This new religion will greatly impact the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asia as people looked to blend their traditional values & beliefs with those of Islam. Theme 3: This era is dominated by the Islamic Caliphates & the Mongols. Both will create enormous empires that will become too large for them to govern. This will lead to more regional kingdoms similar to what we see in Feudal Europe & Japan. Theme 4: TRADE! Lots and lots of trade during this time period. Merchants will see their status and importance grow tremendously with this new focus on inter-regional trade. Theme 5: Women and slaves are still given little to no rights and most places continue to have an aristocratic social hierarchy with the rich, male landowners having all of the power. The educated and merchants will be given more freedoms, while peasants are driven to serfdom, limiting their rights & privileges.
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This time period is dominated by two groups: the Muslims and the Mongols
Trade really takes off during this era (the Silk Road, Indian Ocean trade, Trans-Saharan, etc) spreading all kinds of things like crops, people, resources, ideas, and unfortunately disease too
From the fall of the classical civilizations, the Byzantines, the Tang & Song Dynasties in China, and feudal Europe all rise.
We start to see more migrations and people spreading their culture and language (the Vikings, Bantu, Polynesians)
Most people still farm, growing gap between the elites and the commoners and peasants.