9) Central Asian Development


The Battle of Lepanto (1571) painting from the Maritime Museum. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)

This chapter spends a great deal of time covering the rise and golden ages of the Gunpowder Empires of the Middle East. There is a great deal of inter connectivity during this time between these groups and the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. There are many leaders of the Ottomans, Mughals, and Safavids that are covered during this unit that may be relatively unknown to many of the parents due to the fact that we were not taught this information growing up, but many of these people are towering figures in terms of World History. We also talk about the rise of Russia as a powerhouse after the removal of Mongol control. This is the moment where Russia develops an identity that continues to this day.

This chapter is one that I am still in the process of developing from the content I have in other formats. Until I am able to make this a Web-based content structure (like that of Ch. 11) I have provided a link below to my class notes. This is only accessible to students in my course, but this will change soon.

Essential Questions

  1. In what way is the Taj Mahal considered one of the most romantic gestures in the history of mankind?
  2. In what ways did Peter the Great modernize Russia? Did he do this in positive ways?
  3. What life events show that Ivan the Terrible had serious mental issues and is there anything in his life that may have contributed to this?
  4. What made Gunpowder Empires so powerful compared to other groups from the same areas?

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