Reflections on World History

Ch. 16: Documents on Rights & Images of the French Revolution

It is hard for us to imagine a world in which the concept of rights did not exist.  But the idea of rights was only invented in the mid eighteenth century. Where could the idea of rights have come from? What were some of the political consequences and uses of this new term once it emerged? What other concepts existed that might have contradicted this new rights talk?

Feel free to respond to these questions, or any others you find interesting. I look forward to reading your posts! – Dr. Davidson

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Ch 15: Documents and Images on Religion and Culture in the Early Modern World

The documents left me wondering about what we think of the relationship between religion and science and how different religions define knowledge and “progress.” The images are interesting for what they reveal about how malleable religion can be, how  traditions can evolve when placed in new contexts.

Feel free to respond to these questions, or any others you find interesting. I look forward to reading your posts! – Dr. Davidson

Ch 14: Documents on the Slave Trade, Images on Material Culture and Status

These documents have left me reflecting on the consequences of the slave trade for African populations and rulers. How did African political elites understand its significance? What were the social and economic consequences for African populations more generally? As for the images, it is interesting to think about how objects and commodities can come to serve as status symbols.  Rare, exotic goods and objects were more likely to take on that function because of their expense.

Feel free to respond to these questions, or any others you find interesting. I look forward to reading your posts! – Dr. Davidson

Ch 13: State Building and Aztecs on Conquest

It is interesting to think about how the particular rulers worked to reinforce their authority. What was their relationship to the states (and people) they led? With regard to the images, I am wondering to what they tell us about how the Aztecs explained their defeat by the Spanish.

Feel free to respond to these questions, or any others you find interesting. I look forward to reading your posts! – Dr. Davidson

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