Chapter 12: Cross-Cultural Exchange On The Silk Road

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Chapter 12: Cross-Cultural Exchange on the Silk Roads Themes: For the AP world history class, this chapter can either be a godsend or be a bit problematic. If you included the imperial collapses into your structures of chapters 8 and 11, and if you have spoken throughout the chapters about the silk roads, then this chapter can be covered quickly and used as the final foundations era review. You could devote a week to student activities. If you have stayed with the chapter organization without deviation, you’ll have to work a bit harder to pull the chapter together. The students will require a review of the Han period and a quick reminder of the other neighboring empires and nomadic societies in Eurasia and East Africa ca. 200 B.C.E. to 600 C.E. If you have not stressed mapping and basic geography, then this…show more content…
See the essay that precedes chapter 7 in this ancillary for some suggestions of essay topics. Chapter 12 Reading Questions: 1. What developments in the classical era helped reduce the risks inherent in long-distance trade? 2. How did the trade networks of the Hellenistic era help set the stage for the silk roads? 3. In general, what goods from what regions were traded along the silk roads? 4. How did Buddhism become the most popular faith in all of East Asia? 5. How did the silk roads facilitate the spread of Hinduism and Christianity? 6. Why is the rise of Manichaeism such a good example of the relationship between long-distance trade and the spread of religion? 7. What were the long-term effects of the spread of disease along the silk roads? 8. How did China’s culture change after the decline of the Han dynasty? 9. What were some of the main causes of the decay and fall of the western Roman

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