Let's get the ball rolling.
Hi Cathleen! Thanks for being brave. I hope all of you guys understand that when I come on here to critique your answers, it's not an indictment of you and your ability. You guys need to see someone who's "been there, done that" perform the same tasks you are attempting. That's why the peer tutorials on Thursdays are so important.
Thanks, Bingham! That IS tidy! Not going to lie, feeling pretty good about that nubia-egypt-meroe connection. Cathleen:1 Strayer: 3784789 points
No, that's pretty much it - lack of a state/empirical structure. Extremely rare, though you could mention that it was similar to the Indus Valley folks in the previous period in a lack of government.
Since I’m here, I was thinking about the first BPQ, and the trouble you had with an earlier, similar one, so let me address it for you now.
I'm trying to answer the margin question "In what ways did Teotihuacan shape the history of Mesoamerica?" and this is what I came up with.
"a huge amount" tsk tsk. Little Ms Vague, you need to break this habit!
Do you suggest she take out the first sentence? Or should she just reword it to be more specific?
Margin Question #3: In what ways did the arrival of Bantu-speaking peoples stimulate cross-cultural interaction?
I think you're missing a few things. I found seven.
7 Ways Bantu-speaking peoples stimulated cross-cultural interaction:
These are all so good. I think I didn't read for the answers as well. But I did find, to me, the most important one was the agricultural Bantu and the gathering and hunting people's encounters sparked a long term global phenomenon in which farmers largely replaced foragers as the dominant people on the planet. Correct me if I'm wrong, because like I said, I didn't read the question right.
here's what I have in addition to what you and morgan said:
So I'm going to take a stab at MQ4 which is "what Eurasian civilization might the Maya be compared".
I agree with your answer, but maybe you could change it a bit to make it a) less vague (lots of city states -> several competing city states) and b) say that it was different from the strong centralized governments of Persia, Rome, and China.
Also, to add on, the Mayans had a sense of rationality, astronomy, mathematics, etc. similar to the Greeks. To contrast, the Mayans fell due to inner conflict and geography while Rome and China fell due to foreign conquest.
You might also include that the Maya were comparable to the indus river valley civilization through they're elaborately planned cities, the social hierarchy that "shaman" kings and priests as they're most important figures (reminiscent of Brahman and ksatriya castes), their inability to form a large encompassing empire, and theiron rapid disappearance due to environmental degradation. Looks like everyone forgot about poor ol' indus Valley and became Eurocentric.
I agree with your answer as well. I thought that the Mayans could also be compared to classical Chinese civilization.
I think Cathleen and Sabrina have it!
This is just a condensed version I did for all the regions brought up by strayer, sorry it's late in the game!
it cut off...
okay, just because it's long does not mean it's golden. Take this as an outline, but please don't think it's end all be all. I even spelled egypt wrong. Don't trust me entirely.
it might be a good idea if we get started on a blog for chapter 8
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