Disease in Transit: Pages 323-324 • List some of the diseases mentioned in the text that were spread along the Silk Roads at various times throughout history (at least 3) • What were some of the positive and negative effects of the spread of disease on the populations receiving interacting with them? Positive: Negative: • How did exposure to diseases from trade along the Silk Roads actually give the Europeans an advantage in the long-run?
The Plague: An Afro-Eurasian PandemicPages 537-539 • Where did the Black Death most likely originate? • What caused the spread of the disease throughout the Mongol empire and beyond? • How were populations across Eurasia affected by the spread of the plague? • Using map 11.2 on page 535, list some of the major regions affected by the plague. • How did the plague help serfs living in Western Europe? • How did the spread of the plague affect Silk Roads trade and the Mongol empire? • How did Europeans continue trading with Asia and Africa despite the decline of the Silk roads? • What similarities did Europeans and Mongols share in their empire-building?
2.7 Comparisons of Economic Exchange Reflections: Economic Globalization— Ancient and Modern p. 341 • What similarities and differences do the trade networks of the Classical and Post-Classical eras share with those of the more modern eras? • Similarities • Differences Reflections: Changing Images of Pastoral Peoples P. 539 • Why have historians for many centuries often described pastoral nomadic groups as barbaric? • What are some of the achievements of herding peoples?