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How did the organization of early societies change?

The early societies were changed by people gradually developing the technology to control their natural environment, and reaping larger harvests. Over the centuries, the old villages turned into cities, which definitely had a significant influence on the early society. The inventions of tools dramatically increased and the plentiful supply of food could support larger populations. As the population of some early farming villages grew, “social relationships became more complicated.” (unit 1 20) The relationship has been more convoluted because the nomadic hunting-gathering way of life to settled village life took a long time. Likewise, the change from village life to city life was a gradual process that spanned several generations. Primarily due to the advancement of the technology to control the natural environment to develop their farming led the change in early societies.

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PEEL Agriculture Revolution

The introduction of farming was by far the most essential advancement and effects to the human technology in the period of agriculture revolution. The beginning of farming resulted the far-reaching changes in human life. In this period, rising temperatures worldwide provided longer growing seasons and drier land for cultivating wild grasses. As populations slowly rose, hunter-gatherers felt pressure to find new food sources. That’s why farming offered an attractive alternative. Unlike, hunting, it provided a steady source of food, which farming was able to control and supply a stable quantity of food to the humans and sustain the future generation. The ability to carry out the generations till nowadays was the beginning of farming, which created a steady source of food for humans to dramatically to develop their advancements in human technology.

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Japan Final Assignment


How did imperialism affect Japan?


The imperialism of U.S has affected Japan to end its isolation. “Japan opened two ports at which U.S. ships could take on supplies” [Unit 6 pg 810]. The United States wanted a trading partner, but Europe had already had dominate trading systems with Africa, China and India. So the United States decided to force its way into Japan, even though Japan had almost no contact with the industrialized world during the time of isolation. Many other countries had also tried to convince the Japanese but Japan repeatedly refused to receive them. Then, in 1853, U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry forced Japan to trade with the U.S. The Japanese powers perceptively saw that their lack of technology put them at a grave disadvantage against the European powers. The Tokugawa shogun realized he had no choice but to receive Perry and the letter Perry had brought from the U.S. president Millard Fillmore, which was asking the shogun to allow free trade between the two countries. The reply from Japan was the Treaty of Kanagawa of 1854 and they finally opened two ports at which U.S. ships could take on supplies. After the United States had pushed open the door, other Western powers soon followed, which totally ended the Japan’s isolation. The imperialism has been token away the Japan isolation and forced them to begin the trading.

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DBQ Peel Paragraph

Document 5

Point: The relationship between Hindus and Mughals in India became obnoxious.


Example 1: “Hindu writers have been entirely excluded from holding public offices,”


Explanation 2: The Mughals government discriminated against the Hindu people by eliminating the Hindu writers.


Example: “The great temples of these infamous people have been thrown down and destroyed in a manner which excites astonishment at the successful completion of so difficult a task…”


Explanation: The Mughal government wanted Hindulism to be eliminated. They have thrown down and destroyed all the worshiping places such as the great temples in order to keep hindulism to destroyed.


Link: The actions that Mughals did resulted the Hindus to change appalling.


During 1658 – 1707, when Aurangzheb was the empire, the relationship between Hindus and Mughals in India became obnoxious. Baktha’war Khan, an adviser to Aurangzheb said that “Hindu writers have been entirely excluded from holding public offices.” This indicates that the Mughals government discriminated against the Hindu people by eliminating the Hindu writers. They didn’t want to let the Hindu people spread their religion all over the place. In addition, “The great temples of these infamous people have been thrown down and destroyed in a manner which excites astonishment at the successful completion of so difficult a task…” This indicates that the Mughal government wanted Hindulism to be eliminated. To do this they did awful actions, for example they have thrown down and destroyed all the worshiping places such as the great temples in order to keep hindulism to be destroyed. Also we can know that they were satisfied with their actions. To sum up, the actions that Mughals did resulted the Hindus to change appalling.



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The Importance of Interactions (Spice Trade)

The term ‘spice trade’ refers to the trading system between historical civilizations in Asia, Northeast Africa and Europe. The multiple aspects of social studies, which are geography, economics, history, and culture anthropology interacted with each other to develop the spice trade.


The secret of the spice trade was simple: great demand and highly controlled supply. However, economics was not the only factor that understood and developed the concepts of the spice trade. First of all, geography had a tight relationship with the economic aspects in the spice trade, as the money earned by the countries highly depended on their locations. For example, the adjacent countries of Europe had an advantage of selling more spices, because in Europe they could not afford any spices, so they had to trade by using the money.


“You can take our pepper, but you will never be able to take our rains.”(http://theepicentre.com/the-spice-trade-a-taste-of-adventure/) This quote can be rephrased as “You can take the item, but you can never be able to take the materials.” As evident in the quote, the geographical features had a great influence on the crops that the farmers were able to raise and grow. Then, the farmers traded their harvested spices with other countries for necessary goods. Trading of varying spices with other countries led the spice trade to a significant development and success of the individual countries. Depending on their economic status, traders sold the spices to the merchants in a very different price range. This information was clearly shown in the activity called “Traders Simulator.” I focused on the demands and aimed to get as many spices from the traders when it was at low prices and sold my spices to other merchants when it was high in prices. Using this method, the results showed a great success. I have earned so much more since the beginning. This activity helped me understand the connections between multiple social studies.


Not only the economics and geography was connected to develop the spice trade. In the other hand, cultural anthropology and history were also a large role in understanding the spice trade. Many Europeans believed that good health depended on a balance of the fluids or “humors” in one’s body. It was further believed that by adding spices to one’s food, these senses of humor were put into balance. Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, mace, saffron, and pepper were in high demand in growing European cities. Because of their history and cultural anthropology the spices were a popular belief to bring health, wealth and fortune in Europe.


The map below shows the ancient trade routes of the position of fabled spice-islands (Moluccas) between Borneo and New Guinea.


In conclusion, the four lenses of social studies had an essential role in developing the spice trade and let countries improve their lives. Also, there would not be today if the spice trade could not develop.



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4 Lenses of Social Studies

First of all after doing the Traders Simulation, i could understand how they used to trade spices and how this is related to the 4 lenses of social studies. The geography part that i thought it interacted was that their locations of their country was a part that depended their countries to sell more spices and other stuffs.  For example, the places near Europe had advantage of selling more spices, because European’s could not afford any species, so they had to trade with money with the countries nearby, which is also related to economics. Also the geography part that was clearly shown in these activities was that depending on their locations and the environment they could grow different variety of spices. The way of our economics work and function is was based on the history that had occurred in the past. And in the activities we have done so far, have clearly shown us that economics and the other lenses of social studies is related. Mostly the 4 lenses of social studies depended on each other to order to continue out the spice trade.


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Spice It Up – Reading – Question

I used to think they traded spices by something else, but now i think they traded spices by traders and merchants who handed things to each other at a profit, because after doing the traders simulation and reading this article i now know that they traded spices by traders and merchants.


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Short Story: The Crack

The Crack

Edward stopped and hesitated. He stood in front of the hospital for few minutes. He came to the hospital after he heard what happen to his mom, but he wasn’t ready to meet her, she got a cancer few days ago. It has been already 3months since Edward left his family and lived by himself. He only had his brother’s contact. He spends everyday at the complicated subway station stilling people’s wallet and using them to barely full his stomach. Also he used the left overs to buy cigarettes and alcohol.


Edward ran out of the hospital and started heading back to the subway station. While he was heading back, something caught his sight. He saw a young woman around 20 years old putting a thick moneybag in her bag in front of the cash machine. The moment he saw that, his sloppy eyes stopped and turned very sharp. He quickly caught up on her and started following like a savage.


The woman walked down to the subway station. While she was walking down the stairs Edward quickly caught up to her and snatch the moneybag.


In the afternoon, Edward spends all the money on alcohol and had a dissipated life. Every time he stills money he call his friends and have a big party. During the party Edward get in a fight with a guy. The fight ended horribly and the police had to come. Order to not get into prison he had to pay settlement money. He had no money to pay so he calls his brother for help. As soon as he heard about Edward he came to find him.


“Sorry for calling you, because of this situation. I had no one to call and get help from so I just had to call you for the settlement money.” Said Edward.

“Why didn’t you come and see your mother?” Said his brother.

“To be true…. I went to see your mom but I was afraid to meet her… Is she all right? Said Edward.

“Don’t freak out brother, our mom… she… died… few days ago. We even finished her funeral.”

“What? Why… what happened to her? Why…?”

“It was all because of the hospital bills… We didn’t have sufficient money to take care of her.”

“Are you serious! They just kill people because of the money? That’s what hospital does?”

“There was too much money to spend for the surgery so we had to take her back home.”


They still tried their best to help.


“But still… they just send people home that is about to die? This doesn’t make any sense! And you… were there no way to get money? And why didn’t you even tell me?”

“Did you ever care about me or mom? Also did you never think about what you did wrong? Why are you trying to blame on me! Few days ago my girlfriend hardly provided the money for my mom’s surgery, but someone skillfully pickpocketed the money and ran away. It happened so fast that she didn’t even realized. Technically, the guy who stole the money killed our mom… “ As soon as Edward heard what his brother said, his whole body froze. And he stood there just with only one thought of wishing it wasn’t him that who killed his mom.


“Where did your girlfriend lose the money?” Edward asked with hesitation.

“She lost it on the stairs of the subway station.”


… Edward could hear the crack of his heart. He just couldn’t imagine what he did to his mom.

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The “Great” Gatsby?


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My final individual book blog post is about a book called “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This keynote shows the main characters and the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. I tried doing something different that i haven’t done for my blog posts and i thought it would be entertaining if i would make a book review with a keynote.

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