PEEL paragraph about the important effect of the Agricultural Revolution.

The agriculture revolution brought around the idea of planting and harvesting human planted crops. This was the most important effect of the agriculture because it allowed humans to produce their own plants instead of wondering off into the wild to find food. From the map provided, it is clear that the artificial planting of crops increased vastly from 5000bc to 500bc. In the map the red areas are the planting areas in 5000bc and the green is the planting at 500bc. Human nature and common understanding will take over and tell the humans back then that plantning is good as the increased food production will enable the villages and settlements to feed more people. This is the most important effect of the agriculture revolution because that is what allowed us to become who we are now with the gigantic settlements (cities).

Japan Final Formative Assessment

How did Japan’s location result in it pursuing imperialist policies?


Japan’s unique location and its small land area have resulted the country to pursue imperialist policies for their own benefit. Imperialism means a country extending their power or influence and taking control of that area. As Japan is made up of a group of islands sitting on the edges of tectonic plates, the low agriculture and fuel production has become a problem to modernising and an obstacle to their economy. In 1930s Japan has reformed its power structure and militarists have won control of the country. “Japan’s militarists were extreme nationalists. They wanted to solve the country’s economic problems through foreign expansion.” (915, textbook). From this, you can see that Japan has turned to look at the bigger countries around it (like china) for resources. As Japan has a trained and powerful military, they took over Manchuria with little effort to gather the location’s rich iron and coal resources. This success is the basis of further expansions of power throughout the entire pacific later in history. This shows that one of the reasons of Japanese imperialism is because of its geographical location.


P: Jahangir allows the hindus to practice their religion because he doesn’t want to be the person at the center of their aggression, and allowing them to practice their religion has got no bad side effects on his empire.”

E:” why then should I permit myself to be the cause of any molestation or aggression to any one?” “Neither is it to be forgotten that the class of whom we are speaking” “I have thought it therefore my wisest plan to leave these men alone.”

E: You can see in the evidence that even if they are allowed to practice their religion, their lower class in the empire is not to be forgotton. He doesn’t see any significant downsides and believes that it is the wisest decision to leave those people alone.


P:Jahangir thinks of himself as a godly figure, and he wants to follow gods footsteps.

E: I find myself a powerful monarch, a shadow of God upon earth. I have seen that he bestows the blessing of his gracious providence upon all his creatures without distinction”

E:As in the evidence, god has viewed all “creations of god” equally, so he thinks that he should follow as well. This benefits him as the less conflicts allows for the empire to grow more.

L: These link together because when Jahangir thinks of himself as a godly figure, and he wants his empire to grow and improve, therefore it was the wisest decision to leave them to practice their religion. As he views them of his “subjects” and not a big problem.

Unit 1 : Summative Assessment

Adam Tang

Mr. Fidler

Asian Studies

09 August 2015


How multiple social studies subjects are analyzed together to develop an understanding of the Spice Trade.

Multiple social studies subject such as Geography, History, Economics and Cultural Anthropology are used together when analyzing sources, in this case, the spice trade. Doing this helps to form a better understanding of the subject of study.

During the spice trade, Geography and Economics are closely linked together. This is especially important because by analyzing these together, we can form a better understanding of the spice trade. This is important because of multiple reasons. One is because during the spice trade, the origin of the spice is closely linked to the price of the spice. The spices that come from the java islands is more expensive than the spices coming from Arabia(map), and with more middleman, the prices go up significantly. Especially things that they don’t grow locally in Europe, like tea. “As the practice of drinking tea became fashionable among the wealthier classes of society.” (Spice it up,22) This is because when something is valuable, people don’t consume it for its purpose, but it’s a show of status, to show others what they are capable of and what they can afford. This is like consuming shark fin soup in the previous years, as shark fin soup became a dish common between the wealthy, it is similar to drinking tea back in 15th century. Same goes with other valuable spices such as peppercorn. “Many Europeans could not afford peppercorns or any spices. Others used them only for special occasions, such as weddings. In richer homes, the spice cabinet was kept locked.” (Spice it up, 23) This shows the same behavior as above, as people use these items besides their original purpose. In this case they are using it like jewelry, decoration purposes. This makes sense because the reason that jewelry is valuable is they are rare and possessing them shows status, so by limiting the number of pepper corn in the 15th century, the prices are able to rise up to the level similar diamonds. This became extremely profitable for the pepper merchants as it was basically like growing money on trees! Adding to the price, back then the only available routes are through traders from other countries, and the distance only adds to the price because with a longer distance(map), the product needs to pass through more hands – middlemen (simulation). So from this we can see that by utilizing both Geography and Economics, we were able to determine why those ordinary products are so valuable back in the day, with geography were were able to determine that distance mattered in the price of the product, and using economy we can see why the products were so valued. This links to our question because we were using 2 social studies subjects to analyze this source. This also brings us to the next topic of how History and Cultural Anthropology links together in analyzing sources.

History and Cultural Anthropology are also used together when analyzing sources. This is used more during the later parts of the spice trade, when the European people decided to step into the game and explore new routs to the origins of the spices. We can see that from “the control of these commodities remained in the hands of non-Europeans who essentially controlled the supply and price.” (spice it up,23) This links to the point because the European consumers are completely powerless in the supply and the price of these spices that are becoming more and more essential to their everyday life. This is supported by their act of moving up the game and start stepping into the area of what we call nowadays international trading; “Europeans borrowed basic maritime technology, such as the compass and stern post rudder from china, the Arab lateen sail, and Muslim charts and maps.”(spice it up,23) As the Europeans enter the spice trade, comes the end of the long monopoly of the non European traders. This links to History and Cultural Anthropology because the spice trade happened in the past, so its history and from Cultural Anthropology we can not only see that how people want to get rich by trading goods, explained in the previous paragraph, but they keep coming up with ideas to get rich, and that is a part of human culture.

So from that we can see that by using the 4 social studies subject, we can evaluate different sources and see how they all intertwine and connect to each other, and this method is also used when learning about the spice trade.

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Social studies interactions


By considering the evidence presented in the Traders simulation, and the ‘Spice it up’ reading done in class, explain how the 4 lenses of the social studies interact to help us understand how the world works. Max 1 paragraph. 



The 4 lenses of the social study helps us understand the world better because the world is made up by the 4 factors. History is what has happened and leaning it helps us understand the past so we can evaluate the future, Economics is how its happening and its about how money and trading works and how it can improve our overall life quality, Geography is where it happened and it helps us understand how geographic location is linked economics and how different places have different benefits. Cultural Anthropology is why its happened helps us understand why people believe in different things and how it changed over time.

(15 – 22 minutes)



Spice it up

What grade would you give yourself for this task?

– I would give myself a B because i think i understood the concept of spice trading and demand, and its relationship to economy, however i don’t think i my understanding is that complete yet to get a A