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DBQ Document 2 Asian Studies

Posted by: | October 26, 2015 | No Comment |

How did Jahangir view his Hindu subjects? What were his reasons for allowing them to practice their religion?

…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…with all of the human race, with all of God’s creatures, I am at peace; why then should I permit myself to be the cause of any molestation or aggression to any one?… Neither I have thought it therefore my wisest plan to leave these men alone. is it to be forgotten that the class of whom we are speaking… are usefully engaged, either in the pursuit of the arts or science, or of improvements for the benefit of mankind…

 

How did Jahangir view his Hindu subjects?

With a mixture of respect and indifference so long as they were productive in society.

 

Jahangir viewed his Hindu subjects with a mixture of respect and indifference. He did so because they were engaged in bettering society, and if he were to interfere with their practices it would cause social unrest.

 

View of Hindus

  • all of god’s creatures – this includes Hindus (respect)
  • I have thought it therefore my wistest plan to leave these men alone – no need to disturb them (indifference)

 

 

They are engaged in bettering society.

  • The class… are usefully engaged, either in the pursuit…. – society is going along just fine without interference.

 

Stopping them from practicing would cause unrest.

  • Why should I permit myself to be the cause of any molestation or aggression to anyone? – because they’re going along just fine, my actions could make it worse and threaten my power.

 

Link: The main reason he views his Hindu subjects with a hint of respect and indifference is that so they can respect him and not cause any disturbance in the already so peaceful state of their country, also he wishes to not offend them is so that the people can concentrate on working on bettering their kingdom.

 

As stated in the passage, “I have thought it therefore my wisest plan to leave these men alone.” This shows us how Jahangir views his subjects, including Hindus, which is with triviality and apathy. He wishes not to bother the Hindu people at all, even though they have different beliefs he feels indifference towards them, he doesn’t wish to cause an upheaval in his kingdom, therefore he will leave his people at ease. But at the same time he also states, “all of Gods creatures.” Which exhibits some respect he shows towards them. The respect Jahangir shows towards his people will benefit his country greatly because the rest of his people will still carry on working and not cause any unrest, they could benefit society in many ways. One of the main reasons Jahangir shows indifference towards the Hindus and allowing them to carry on with their religious practices is so that they could benefit society. “That the class of whom we are speaking… are usefully engaged, either in the pursuit of the arts or science, or of improvements for the benefit of mankind…” He sees no reason to interfere with the Hindus because everything in his dominion is fine. The Hindus are bettering society in means of science and arts, if he was to interfere with his Hindu people there could be unrest in the kingdom and the people would stop working as hard and stop doing what they need to do. Therefore he sees no reason to interfere with their religious practices. And with everything going fine as it is Jahangir try’s to explain that he sees no reason he should do anything to change it, “why then should I permit myself to be the cause of any molestation or aggression to any one?” He says this because he doesn’t want to do anything and be blamed for any bad things that happen. Jahangir doesn’t want his actions to cause anything that could make the tension worse between him and his people. Just incase he does anything bad, he doesn’t wish for his people to threaten his power, or to take control of him. The main reason he views his Hindu subjects with a hint of respect and indifference is that so they can respect him and not cause any disturbance in the already so peaceful state of their country, also he wishes to not offend them is so that the people can concentrate on working on bettering their kingdom.

 

 

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DBQ Asian Studies PEEL

Posted by: | October 12, 2015 | No Comment |

Document 2 is an excerpt from Jahangir, Akbar’s son and Mughal emperor from 1605 to 1627. He is most noted for increasing the size of the empire by conquering new lands and continuing his father’s policies. He also wrote a memoir that was intended to glorify himself and set an example to his successors. While it covered the first thirteen years of his reign, his addiction to alcohol and opium eventually stripped him of his ability to lead effectively. In this passage, he retold a conversation he had with Akbar regarding Hindus in the Empire.

 

…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…with all of the human race, with all of God’s creatures, I am at peace; why then should I permit myself to be the cause of any molestation or aggression to any one?… I have thought it therefore my wisest plan to leave these men alone. Neither is it to be forgotten that the class of whom we are speaking… are usefully engaged, either in the pursuit of the arts or science, or of improvements for the benefit of mankind…

 

How did Jahangir view his Hindu subjects? What were his reasons for allowing them to practice their religion?

Point: Jahangir sees himself as powerful as god, he is the leader of his people and he is the one who needs to take care of them, but he would do it for the people that would benefit society.

 

Evidence: in the passage he states that he would “bestow the blessing of his gracious upon all his people.”

 

Explain: Jahangir is trying to show us how great and prestigious he is, he tells his father that he is the ruler of all his people, how much of a god he was to them. He shows his best interest in helping his people, he wishes to give all the greatest things to his “creature”, but he still speaks to them in a slightly condescending tone. He thinks he’s like a god because his father, Akbar, was one of the greatest rulers of the Mughal Empire.

Evidence: He further states that he would take the blame for anything that happens he would take blame for, “I permit myself to be the cause of any molestation or aggression…”

 

Explain: He wants to appear to his people as a savior and because he is in charge of the great Mughal Empire. He wants to be a good person and take the blame for anything bad that happens, not like the people who accuses someone else if anything goes wrong and takes all the credit in a triumph.

 

Evidence Jahangir states that it shouldn’t be forgotten that the class he is speaking to the “usefully engaged, in the pursuits of science or the improvements of mankind.”

 

Explain: Jahangir wishes to bestow all of the greatest things in the world and take blame for anything that happens to his subjects. But he wishes to remind his father that he would only do this for the people with a contribution to society.

 

Link: Jahangir has good intentions of making sure he looks after his subjects and give them all of the best things, he also acknowledges all of his faults. However Jahangir only does this for the people that would benefit their powerful kingdom.

 

 

Jahangir sees himself as powerful as god, he is the leader of his people and he is the one who needs to take care of them, but he would do it for the people that would benefit society. As stated in the passage above, he said he would “bestow the blessing of his gracious upon all his people.” By saying this Jahangir is trying to show us how great and prestigious he is. He tells his father that he is the ruler of all his people, how much of a god he is to them. He shows his best interest in helping his people, he wishes to give all the greatest things to his “creature”, but he still speaks to them in a slightly condescending tone. He thinks he’s like a saint because he is above all of them and that he is the king of the kingdom. He only got into this honorable position because of the great deeds his father, Akbar, the previous king, had performed. Another on of the great things this god king tells his father he did was that he would take the blame for anything that happens he would take blame for, “I permit myself to be the cause of any molestation or aggression…” He wants to appear to his people as a savior and because he is in charge of the great Mughal Empire. He wishes to be a good person and take the blame for anything bad that happens, not like the people who accuse someone else if anything goes wrong and takes all the credit in a triumph. However Jahangir states that it shouldn’t be forgotten that the class he is speaking to the “usefully engaged, in the pursuits of science or the improvements of mankind.” He is willing to give all of the greatest things in the world to his subjects and take blame for anything that happens to them. However he wishes to remind his father that he would only do this for the people with a contribution to society. Jahangir has good intentions of making sure he looks after his subjects and give them all of the best things, he also acknowledges all of his faults. However Jahangir only does this for the people that would benefit their powerful kingdom, he still wishes that his people get all the things they need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lenses of Social Studies

Posted by: | September 10, 2015 | No Comment |

“May I have some pepper?” A common question that is asked all around the world, from diners to restaurants from homes to cafés. Spices used to be seen as one of the most valuable commodities someone could own. However it wasn’t like this during big era 6. There were multiple reasons that influenced the spice trade; we see these things today as what is exemplified as social studies subjects.

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http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~vaucher/Genealogy/Documents/Asia/EuropeanExploration.html

“(Brief) History of European – Asian trade.” http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~vaucher/Genealogy/

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As seen in the map above, indicates the paths traders traveled from country to country just to bring the spices from South East Asia/ the Spice Islands back to Europe and a array of other settlements. Through these paths it wasn’t just spices that were traded, ideas beliefs and religions were exchanged with one another. But with all these positive improvements, there were also negative drawbacks. Through these trade routes people would pass on diseases and viruses to one another, one of these examples was the black death/ bubonic plague. The terrible disease swept through towns and villages and killed millions of people along the way. It started in Asia and China but had spread to Europe less than one year later. The traders and merchants would make contact with each other and the diseases would spread along with them. In the 1300s, there was prominent trade between asia and Europe along the silk road. It made it easier to transport spices from producers in Asia to the eager markets in Europe. Accompanying the products were rats. Rats have fleas and it was these fleas that helped spread the plague from victim to victim.

On May 21st 1498, Vasco da Gama and his crew arrived at Calicut after the first direct sea voyage from Europe to Asia. If the spice trade has a revolutionary beginning this is it. When he did this it was intended to change the world for a greater good, however at the same time it also elicited several complications and disagreements between various nations. Most of the spices were controlled by the Dutch East India Trading Company, a company made up of around 50,000 people, 150 merchant ships and also an army of 10,000 soldiers. They were the super power of that time, why they were this successful you ask? Well the way they did business was completely ruthless; they made it obligatory for the farmers to only do business with them and if they fail to oblige great punishments await them.

The simple secret: supply and demand, a basic concept that we hear everyday, affected the spice trade greatly. Geography and economics have a direct impact on one another. Everyone wanted spices; according to World History For Us All “No one should die cannot die who can afford a cup of tea”. Spices were considered one of the most valuable possessions someone could own. The people believed that spices could bring the good health. Another reason they were also highly beloved was that it would bring other flavors to their foods, whilst it also preserved meats and canceled out the flavor of spoiled meats. And the Europeans didn’t just use the spices for food but as well as medicine, perfumes, dyes and flavoring for drinks. Many people believed no man should die who can afford a cup of tea. Spices were considered one of the most valuable possessions someone could own. The people believed that spices could bring the good health. Another reason they were also highly beloved was that it would bring other flavors to their foods, whilst it also preserved meats and canceled out the flavor of spoiled meats. And the Europeans didn’t just use the spices for food but as well as medicine, perfumes, dyes and flavoring for drinks. Traders would often have to travel through monsoons to reach their destination. In fact they had inefficient naval technology and experience, they wouldn’t be ready to participate in oversea voyages, therefore their traded items had to be brought to the middlemen, and each time the exports were passed on, the prices would have drastically increased. And when the weather wasn’t suitable for the development of the spices, without a supply and a high demand prices would soar up. At one point pepper, a common spice used in multiple meals, would be as valuable as the jewelry that you would keep locked up in the safe. Some of the control of the trade was enforced through political power or contrived through mercantile guile. Other times it was just luck, a blessing from the gods of perfect weather and botany.

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“Photo Vientiane in Laos” [“Photo Vientiane in Laos”]. yukiba. Travel, n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2015.

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By looking at the primary sources imbedded above, it clearly portrays the ideas of how multiple lenses of social studies are connected together when learning about the spice trade. A Hindu statue located in Laos Southeast Asia, how religions transferred around the world. However it may not seem very clear how geography, history, economics and cultural anthropology can have anything in common, but when these ideas are fused together we can see that its what makes the world today.

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Looking back at history

Posted by: | August 25, 2015 | No Comment |

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.

History, geography, economics and cultural anthropology can be seen overlapping one another throughout the spice trade in the 1600’s. People learned from each other to improve their lifestyle and how to make more money. One man, Vasco Da Gamma, looked back and thought that what if they just sailed to Asia and leave out the middlemen that there would be much more profit in it for them. Things like this caused major turning points through history. People representing the countries would learn from him and colonize many islands to make themselves richer. The people often exhibited economics. When there was a small supply of the a certain spice, the price would skyrocket. An example would pepper, a common and simple spice, be worth just as much as a diamond. One major thing that affected this was also the geography; you may be thinking why don’t they just grow it themselves. The reason behind that is, certain countries do not provide the proper resources for the spices to thrive and grow, causing the entire trade route to start. To think back on all of this, it’s the simple ideas and people like them that brought us to where we are today.

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Dedication is all you need

Posted by: | June 1, 2015 | No Comment |

Gripping on to the last chance for existence, dedication in his eyes. Sometimes never giving up is the only solution for survival. In the book Money Run written by Jack Hearth, one of the most powerful and meaningful themes I believe is dedication and never surrendering. Eyes beaming, hands grasping Peachy gripped on for his life. He is one of my favorite characters in the book, showing so much charisma. Peachy exhibited the theme very well, and displayed it throughout the story, “De Totth peered over the railing on the top floor, almost curiously. She looked down at him, dangling twenty-two stories above certain oblivion. She cocked her browning, and Peachy watched the red dot creep across the concrete.”(213 Hearth) One of the world’s best hit man came after peachy, but he didn’t just wait to get shot. He persevered through and escaped the wrath of the inky black-eyed killer. Peachy is a very skilled assassin, a person with many talents.

 

However, I believe that one of the main reasons that brought him his success was dedication and persevering through hard times. With all the hard work he put through, without showing any of the traits, he couldn’t have come this far and have survived all the barricades in his way. The idea of perseverance and dedication is exhibited throughout the book, applying to many well-rounded characters, “Ash didn’t dare poke her head out the door to see how far away the detective was…ash didn’t dare leave.”(202) Even though she was trapped in an apartment she had just crashed into, detectives around every corner trying to find where she’s hiding. She never gave up and turned herself in, she wanted to escape and return to her normal life.

 

Dedication is something that is very important, a theme that should be used throughout life. It’s an important trait that should be kept throughout hard times. You should always persevere through struggles and never give up even though you are struggling. When I read the book, I thought about an experience I had a year ago during a competition.

The infinite shades of blue that dissolved any boundary between sky and waves, the surging water brushing against me, pounding in and out of my boat, the strong wind buffering my sail, my mind running fast for the next movement, I was sailing in the ocean participating the world largest sailing competition Bart’s Bash. BZZ! The horn rang and all the sailors were off and going, just as I was about to cross the start line another boat comes charging directly at me and I spin off. Everyone else was splashing ahead. At this point I didn’t want to continue. I knew I was going to lose and I thought what was the point of even trying. In the first 30 seconds I’m already last. But I thought I cam all this way to compete I still need to finish. I persevered through the challenges and was dedicated to finish the race. I may not have won but I didn’t give up, I stuck to my goal and in the end I crossed the finish line with other sailors still behind me.

 

 

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The Hunter Becomes The Hunted

Posted by: | May 17, 2015 | No Comment |

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*What it says in the diagram above*

Dear Benjamin,

I am in serious need of help, and if I don’t come home today I need to let you know what happened. Whilst we were off doing the 200million dollar heist, a stranger appeared and interfered with our plan. I’m hiding in the car park as I write to you now. If I I don’t make it out alive, I need to tell you the story of what happened.

All I know of him is that his name is Ford, and he came to speak with Mr. Buckland after I left. As he interfered with our plan and looked like a potential threat, I thought I could knock him out and leave him there as we pulled finished our heist. Little did I know, he is a well trained hit man, trying to assassinate Mr. Buckland. I snuck up to him while he was looking for something, possibly the same thing were looking for. I bashed a statue across his head and he was knocked out. I handcuffed him to the desk and continued on with our mission. Minutes later, the startled assassin, frustrated and enraged, stared at me with despise. With no luck in finding anything worthy of $200million, I swiftly left the room to continue on with our search. Fists clenched, eyes staring, anger emerging he broke free from the cuffs. As I continued on searching in another room, the hit man, a anger driven beast, was starting to walk towards me. With no other option I bolted to the stairs. Seconds later, three bullets pierced the wall where I was standing. I ran to the car park, where I’m hiding now, to try and avoid him. Although I, a 13 year old girl, knew that it would be difficult avoiding the worlds best hit man.

Your dearest,

Ash

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The reason I chose to use the picture for the front of the post card is that I believe it shows how threatening, and murderous a hit man could look like. And in Money Run, written by Jack Hearth, he did a good job making the hit man, Mr. Ford (who’s real name is Peachy) seem very dangerous and vicious, “The man on the floor roared and lunged forwards…He screamed again a furious, rattling howl, and he reached back and grabbed Buckland’s swivel by its stem. Veins bulging, he lifted it with one arm, swung it, and hurled it towards ash.”(156 Hearth) I believe the picture, showing the assassin with a gun, gives the readers an image what Mr.Ford is like. Furthermore with him holding the gun it lets us see what his intentions are, “Snap! A yelp escaped her lips as another bullet skidded across the wall. It must have nearly touched her.”(167) I hope that the picture lets us have a good idea of what it was like being chased and hunted by someone as cold blooded as Mr. Ford.

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Exemplary Expeditions

Posted by: | May 15, 2015 | No Comment |

What are your especially proud of with this project? Explain or give examples.
There is one particular thing that I am proud of, the info graphic I made for the Mongolian minority. I believe it showed all the required elements and I think I did a good job explaining it. Furthermore I think it was put together cohesively and is pleasing to the eye when you look at it. The diagram showed movement very well and put out a lot of effort making it, which is why I am proud of it.

What could you have done better? Explain or give examples.
There are a few things that I believe that could have been done better. Firstly, our group could have argued a bit less and agreed on more things. Secondly, I believe that my travel article could have been done better as well, I wasn’t pleased with all of the careless mistakes I had made and that is definitely something I would like to work on. Thirdly, I would have liked our magazine cover to be more eye catching, something that can grab your attention strait away. I think we did a satisfactory job on it, but if it were up to me to make it, I would have made it look like something people want to read.

What was a lesson you learned while working on this project? This could be a “lesson” on any level (personal, academic, group dynamics).
One of the major lessons I learned is, don’t go with someone you don’t want to be with that much. Don’t let them into your group because you feel bad that they wouldn’t have a group or if they are your friends, this project was a serious part of our grade and to get a good grade you would need a good team. Certain people in our group were a bit stubborn and hard to agree with, so the lesson I’m taking from this project is that for a group project, you should definitely pick a team that you enjoy working with.

What advice would you give to students doing this project next year?
If I was to pass on one piece of advice is to plan ahead and work together as a group well and agree upon ideas everyone likes. It may seem like common knowledge but its something that you should do. Time goes by quickly and if you don’t have things done by the deadline you might find yourself in a bit of a ditch. Also choose people you can work well with, that is very important.

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How Do You Do It?

Posted by: | May 10, 2015 | No Comment |

Dear Mr. Buckland,

How do you do it?

I strongly admire your genius and ingenuity. When you had the discussion with Ashley Arthur I immediately knew you were a very clever man, and one day I hope to be like you. You new all about certain topics relating to finance and the economy, all your ideas are very unique and different from others. “’I’ll tell you a secret,” Buckland said, He leaned forward. “You don’t want to own a major corporation…Divide 2.2billion by forty…Exactly $55 million. Well anyway, my living expenses are no where near $55 million per year.”(Heart 43) Most people would always want more and more money, they want to become more and more rich. I believe you are a very down to earth guy, you don’t show other people how clever and rich you are. “Like most people id settle for a nice home, a big TV, a holiday once a year, and a car that always starts.”(47) You are who you are. You don’t need to buy expensive items to prove to other people who you are, you don’t let other people’s ideas define you. I think that’s a very important trait to show in a person and I greatly admire you for that.

While reading Money Run written by Jack Hearth it was clear that you are a well-prepared and adroit man. When peachy, one of the best assassin in the world, tried to kill you. “I’ve been expecting you…Mr. Peachy…I know why you’re here. I know who sent you…”(53) You were aware of your surroundings and always on the move. After reading that I can understand how you wouldn’t want to be in charge of a multi billion dollar business. The government would want to send people out to kill you. With no family members and once your diseased the government would take your billions. However you are always one step ahead of everyone, you can predict the future and know what’s about to happen. I truly admire your business expertise and how you can plan ahead of everyone. I would be honored if one day we could meet up and have a discussion person to person.

Best regards,

Joshua Wood.

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Poem of The Slaves

Posted by: | April 25, 2015 | 1 Comment |

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In the Book 12 Years a Slave written by Solomon Northup strongly illustrates a theme of not letting others change and tell you who you are. It shows how African American citizens who were captured, and forced to become a slave, stood up to their oppressors and would not admit they were a slave, but a free man. They would be given lashes and beaten but they stood true to whom they were, “I asserted, aloud and boldly, that I was a free man-a resident of Saratoga…I would not be silent, and denounced the authors of my imprisonment…in a few moments Burch returned with the instruments of torture.”(22 Northup) In the found poem I tried to interpolate words that would portray the idea of standing up for who you are and not letting others change you. In the book it is Clear that it was a challenge for the slaves to do so, whenever they announced that they were a free man they would be beaten. All the other slaves would envy the ones that would be freed, “’oh platt, she cried, tears streaming down her face, “your going to be free-you’re goin’ way off yonder, where we’ll nebber see ye any more.’’’(223) I believe the found poems shows how Platt, the protagonist in this book, staid true to who he was and ended being freed. It teaches all of us to do the same, to not let people change us and tell us who we are, but be the people who we set out to be.

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The Book Cover of The Slaves

Posted by: | April 21, 2015 | No Comment |

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My book cover is on the book 12 Years A Slave written by Solomon Northup. It portrays the idea of conflict between a person and society. I tried to represent the black people being oppressed, not by a certain person but a general idea, that black people should be the only people working and they have no power or authority over anything. I also tried to demonstrate how the African American people had a bad life, they were not happy being oppressed by others, being an African American during the was terrible, “’ Could it be possible I’m thousands of miles from home-that I had been driven through the streets like a dumb beast-that I had been chained and beaten without mercy…”’(47 Northup).

The book cover shows an African American man working in the cotton fields, persevering through the harsh conditions. Their owners didn’t see slaves as people, but property. They were just something that people could own, an item they could purchase, “After some further inspection, and conversation touching prices, he finally offered Freeman one thousand dollars for me, nine hundred for Harry, and seven hundred for Eliza.”(53) The slaves back then would be equivalent to the nowadays machine; people couldn’t connect to them or understand them, the only reason they are purchased is to do work.

I attempted to show all those things in the book cover, how a black person is looked down upon by society.

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