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O. Berat Çelebi
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Quotation: Princeton University A World History of The World, "Shaping European Impressions of Native Americans"
This week in discussion, we took a look at some early images of the interactions between Spaniards and Native Americans and how they portrayed, or perhaps influenced, the impressions that Europeans had of the Natives encountered in the New World. The images...
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Quotation: Princeton University A World History of The World, "China: Centralization and its Consequences"
China and the Ming Dynasty in the early 16th century was a powerful, centralized and prosperous country. What is not often mentioned, however, is the fact that they were conceited and uninterested in the changing world around them. They believed that they w...
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Cultural Perceptions Between China and Europe in the 18th Century: One Trade Policy to Rule Them All
Gandalf performing his wizardry In J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous novel, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the author describes a mythical kingdom, Rohan, ruled by a sickly king, who has been possessed by an demon spirit and therefore refuses to join mankind’s st...
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Quotation: Princeton University A World History of The World, "Newspapers: Enemies of the State, or Allies of the Establishment?"
The history of popular movements is tightly entangled with the development of information technology. It is difficult to imagine the masses gaining any sort of collective consciousness about their grievances, let alone a path to redress without some type o...
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Quotation: Princeton University A World History of The World, Railroads: the Force or Result of Expansion?
After studying several primary sources from different regions of the world including Russia and China, our team met this past Tuesday and discussed the development of railroad systems in the 19th century and how it influenced various emerging nation states ...
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Quotation: Princeton University A World History of The World, "Visual Portrayals of Spanish Contact with Native Americans"
For this week's post, we were asked to look at a series of images of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. They were all painted by Theodor de Bry (who never himself left Europe). Thus, they reflect ideas and preconceptions circulating in the 1590s in E...
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Quotation: Princeton University A World History of The World, China and Europe: Cautious Friends or Intimate Enemies?
This week we were tasked with discussing the nuances of trade between Chinese and European merchants during the 16th century. More specifically, we want know to know what worked, and why. What did the Europeans want from the Chinese that they couldn't acqui...
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Quotation: Princeton University A World History of The World, "Newspapers and Goverment"
Liberty Leading the People, 1830  Forum Question: What role did newspapers play in the relationship between government and people? In what ways was the press used to aid or oppose conflicts? Influence The rise of newspapers redefined the relationship betwee...
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