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Lecture 2

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HIS201H5
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HIS201 - Lecture 2
Mapping- how to visualize and understand place being studied, not just literal
meaning of a map
What is considered the middle east today is a historically unstable region
Paradigms
what good are paradigms
civilizations and their problems
Where is the Middle East
the orient
The space between east and west
The place where Islam rules
Alternative designation: western Asia
The construction of geographic blocks, a history of shifting meanings
Middle East
Division of Christianity between eastern and western
As Russia becomes designated as the east
After the fall of the byzantine(ottoman) empire, conquering of the byzantine lands by
the mukluks
Categorizing the east was pushed all the way to western France during the time of
ww2
In this way Germany was excluded from the west and placed among others in the
east
East Germany vs. west Germany (part of NATO)
When using border categorizations, it is important to understand reasoning and
foundations of fictitious borders
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Real west today: British Isles
British and French colonialism becomes the greatest military expansion
With it this expands Christianity alongside capitalism
Australia and Japan are also included in the idea of the west, although they are both
geographically in the far east
There is an argument suggesting that the three great religions: Christianity, Islam,
and Judaism, consist of the west according to their historical advancement and
expansion
Francis Sokiyama: defined the unity of the world as West as the end of history
BRIC Alternative Mapping
Russia, Brazil, India, china consist of the counter G8 mapping
Going against categorizations of the NATO idea of the West
Levels of Analysis Global History
Internal factors of history
o
External factors of history
o
Purpose of American invasion of Iraq
Not to liberate Iraqis from Saddam but rather economic, political, military,
national security
Purpose of British invasion of Iraq
Similar to American purpose, not to liberate from ottomans
Tells a lot about American and British political motives
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HIS201 - Lecture 2 Mapping- how to visualize and understand place being studied, not just literal meaning of a map What is considered the middle east today is a historically unstable region Paradigms what good are paradigms civilizations and their problems Where is the Middle East the orient The space between east and west The place where Islam rules Alternative designation: western Asia The construction of geographic blocks, a history of shifting meanings Middle East Division of Christianity between eastern and western As Russia becomes designated as the east After the fall of the byzantine(ottoman) empire, conquering of the byzantine lands by the mukluks Categorizing the east was pushed all the way to western France during the time of ww2 In this way Germany was excluded from the west and placed among others in the east East Germany vs. west Germany (part of NATO) When using border categorizations, it is important to understand reasoning and foundations of fictitious borders www.notesolution.com
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