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Understanding Trade is a broad scope study of ancient times and the empires and rulers that had the greatest effect on trade. It starts with the small trade routes between tribes and looks at how empires evolved from it. We will follow the Persian conquerors, the armies of Alexander the Great, the rise of the Roman Empire, and also its fall. We will look at how people started thinking differently about religion at the time, how the Jesus movement spread across Europe, and why the church grew in power. 

Our Big History course examines humanity over long, contextualized timeframes starting from the Big Bang to the dawn of trade on the silk road. These modules can be used on their own, or as a precursor for our world studies. 

Learning topics for Understanding Trade:

This book will focus on how economics became the driving force behind trade, politics and warfare between civilizations and it shaped the world as we know it today. Topics include: 

  • From Survival to Prosperity
  • Prosperity to Social Significance
  • The Market Place by 1,000 BC
  • The Bronze Age Collapse
  • The Assyrians
  • Trading Faiths
  • The Iron Age
  • The Persians
  • The Scythians
  • Greek Stoicism
  • Persia Invades Greece
  • Greece Looks East
  • Mauryan Empire
  • The Buddhist Rennaisance
  • Ancient China
  • China Looks West
  • The Silk Roads
  • The Spice Roads
  • The Incense Roads
  • The Indian Ocean Slave Roads
  • The Rise of the Latins
  • The Punic Wars
  • The Fall of Carthage
  • The First Triumvirate & The Great Roman Civil War
  • Caesar Invades Gaul
  • Caesar Invades Britain
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • The Second Triumvirate
  • The Roman Empire Begins
  • The Jesus Movement
  • Trade in the Roman Empire
  • Roman Paganism
  • Early Christian Converts
  • Nero
  • Domitian
  • Christianity Grows
  • Constantine 
  • Byzantium 
  • The Power of the Church Grows & Splits 
  • Rome Weakens 
  • The Goths Sack Rome
  • The Anglo-Saxons Take Britain 
  • The Vandals Sack Rome 
  • Atilla the Hun 
  • The Roman Empire Falls
  • The Power of the Church Grows
  • The Church Reforms
  • Medieval Villages
  • Medieval Shipping Routes 

Big History 5: Trade

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