Japan formative assessment

Japan wanted to get more resources and land through imperialism. This made Japan involved in wars between many countries, including the first and second world war. Eventually, this had also influenced Japan’s power structure. The emperor became a figurehead that is only a symbol of Japan. Japanese used cruel ways to kill their prisoners during the war, which is also a reason why many countries were eventually against them. One allied prisoner said in his diary: “They made the men dig their own graves, and then had them kneel down in a pit. The guards hit them over the head with shovels to stun them and piled earth on top.” This told people Japan’s ambition of imperializing many countries, which finally leads to other countries’ oppose and the two atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Also, the map on page 933 of the textbook showed Japan’s route of imperializing. According to the map, Japan gained part of the land in China, and Korea was part of its empire. Through the purple line showing Japan’s expansion, we can se that Japan is not only aiming for Asia, but also towards more places in the world, which finally leads to the allies’ resist.


Answering DBQ

Document 4

The painting tells the story of how the god Indra became the follower of Lord Krishna, and informs a movement known as “way of devotion”, where people focus one’s passionate nature on the love of a personal deity. The painting shows “Krishna is protecting farmers from flooding caused by an angered god, Indra.” This painting shows the Hindus’ belief in lord Krishna, the Supreme Being. The document also suggests “This movement downplayed caste distinctions found in Hindu society in favor of overwhelming love and devotion of a single Supreme God.” This tells that the Indians’ beliefs are changing from many gods into a single one. This is similar to the monotheistic belief in Islam.


Spice Trade PEEL paragraphs

The traders and merchant who had been in different culture had spread their culture and religions as they travel around countries. During the spice trade in 16th and 17th centuries has an enormous impact on the world, especially in Asia, Europe and Africa. The four aspects were not only being affected by the spice trade but also affecting each other.

One of the fact that the price of spices were extremely high is because the distance between the spice islands and European countries was very far, which means the spices will change hands for many times. When the spices finally got to the merchants, its price was always extremely high. The more middlemen there were, the higher the price. According to the source (World History for Us All), the description of the extremely high price of pepper: “The popularity and costliness of pepper resulted in its being guarded like diamonds.” shows us how high can the price of spices become after going through all those middlemen. Geography and economics had an enormous impact on each other because it’s very hard to trade the spices from the farmers all the way through the Silk Road and finally into the consumer’s hand.

Another big impact on the world brought by spice trade is the religion. As shown on the map (http://odditiesbizarre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Religion_distribution.png), spice trade brought Christianity, Buddhism and Islam to countries in Asia. The spice trade also associated Southeast Asia together economically. The Muslim merchants played a significant role in the spice trade, so did the Indian traders, who brought Indian cuisine to Southeast Asia. The spice trade also helped people in different places became associated with other nations and developed their cultures and skills. The traders and merchant who had been in various cultures had spread their culture and religions as they travel around countries.

Another important link between the two areas of history and geography also had a big impact on the world today. Different continents get to know the people not only in their regions as the explorers explore further for trading spices. The explorations connected the world together and made an enormous impact on the changes of history.


Spice it up reading questions

In what ways does your work meet the expectations of our classroom?

Although this task seems quiet confusing for me because I had never done something like this before, I managed to complete it and learnt more details about the spice trade from the article. I asked three questions and answered a few of them. In the activity we did on last Thursday, my role is a trader, who has to travel around islands to buy spices and sell them to the merchants or other traders. I raised the price of the spices as I sell them to the merchants so that I can earn more money. I learnt why did the spices became so expensive when they get to Europe. (20 minutes)