Thursday, August 25, 2016

HIST 127 map one study guide

Follow the link below to print a practice map

1. Ireland
2. France
3. England
4. Italy
5. Portugal
6. Corsica
7. Sicily
8. Sardinia
9. Mediterranean Sea
10. Baltic Sea
11. North Sea
12. Prussia
13. Poland-Lithuania
14. Sweden
15. Ottoman Empire
16. Black Sea
17. Switzerland
18. Netherlands
19. Denmark
20. Holy Roman Empire

HIST 125 map one study guide

Follow the link below to print a practice map

Be able to locate the following on the map:

1. Euphrates River
2. Tigris River
3. Mediterranean Sea
4. Black Sea
5. Caspian Sea
6. Persian Gulf
7. Caucasus Mountains
8. Zagros Mountains
9. Crete
10. Red Sea
11. Upper Egypt
12. Lower Egypt
13. Sinai Peninsula
14. Arabian Peninsula
15. Nile River
16. Asia Minor / Anatolia
17. Greece
18. Aral Sea
19. Mesopotamia
20. Cyprus

Monday, August 22, 2016

HIST 125 Hammurabi Code Assignment: Due August 26

Hammurabi Code Assignment

Scroll down to the link to 'The Code of Hammurabi'. Pick out five different laws and analyze them to see what specific things they can tell us about Mesopotamian society in general. Keep in mind that many of the laws are related to one another. For example, law number 120 may not make sense without knowing what laws 115-199 are about. What that means is that if you just randomly pick some laws without reading the entire work, I will know it when I grade the papers and your work will be graded accordingly.

HIST 127 Reading One Questions

Bartoleme de Las Casas Reading Questions: Type out your answers to the questions. Be sure to include the page numbers where you think the text applies. Each of your answers should be about a paragraph in length. We will use the questions to guide our discussion. They will be collected at the end of class. The assignment is due September 1st / 2nd.

1. Do you think Bartolome de Las Casas saw the Indians as fully human or semihuman?

2. Based on de Las Casas’s Account, please describe two effects of the
“Columbian Exchange.”

3. Who was de Las Casas’s Account intended for?

4. What do you think was Father de Las Casas’s ultimate goal when writing this?

5. Can this text be read as an account of more than just the destruction wrought on the human population by the Europeans?


HIST 125 Reading One Questions

Questions (typed) are due on September 1st/2nd. We will discuss the Epic of Gilgamesh during class.

Gilgamesh Reading Questions:

What could the way in which Enkidu is domesticated tell us about the role of women in Mesopotamian society?

What advice does Enkidu give to Gilgamesh and what does this say about Mesopotamian ideals concerning the way to properly rule?

What is the attitude of the epic towards nature (forests, animals, etc.)?

What is the attitude of the epic towards the destruction and neglect of nature (for example in the cutting down of Humbaba’s cedar forest)?

What is the significance and role of the dreams of Enkidu just before his death? What does he see in his vision of the Underworld? What happens there to those who were rich and powerful while alive? What does this imply for people like Gilgamesh and Enkidu?

Why is Gilgamesh so afraid after Enkidu’s death?

Is the character of Gilgamesh transformed over the course of his journeys? According to this epic, what is the best way of life? That of Gilgamesh, or Enkidu, or even Utanapishtim?

Were there any events described in the story with which you were familiar from other more common myths or stories?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Manifesto of the Communist Party: Full Text

Friday, January 4, 2008

Link to artwork by Hieronymus Bosch

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Selected Letters of Cicero

Voltaire's letters on the English 1778

Livy's History of Rome: Book 21 on Hanibal

Memoirs Of The Comtesse Du Barry, with minute details of her entire career as favorite of Louis XV. Written by herself

This is a link through the Gutenbug Project to the full text of this book.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Important doccuments of the Reformation

The Augsburg Confession

Martin Luther: Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants

Martin Luther: On the Jews and their Lies (excerpts for class discussion)

Martin Luther: On the Jews and Their Lies (Full Text)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Witchcraft Doccuments

Here are some selections from doccuments relating to witchcraft.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Malleus Maleficarum

Thursday, August 23, 2007

revocation of the Edict of Nantes

King Louis the XIV revocted the edict in 1685, less than 100 years after his grandfather Henry IV had proclaimed it.

Robert Bellarmine: Letter on Galileo's Theories, 1615

Galileo's letter of 1614 to the Grand Duchess Christina Duchess of Tuscany was not widely known, and was ignored by Church authorities. When a year later the Carmelite provincial Paolo Foscarini supported Galileo publicly by attempting to prove that the new theory was not opposed to Scripture, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, as "Master of Controversial Questions," responded.

Copernicus: The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies

Nicholas Copernicus was born February 19, 1473, in Poland. He entered the University of Krakow in 1491, then in 1495 went to Padua and studied medicine. In 1500 he was called to Rome and took the chair of mathematics there. He began to believe that the earth went round the sun about 1507 and from that time until his death worked, more or less intermittently, on his exposition of his theory. He delayed the publication of this exposition because of fear of being accused of heresy. Copernicus died May 24, 1543, just as his book was published. The knowledge of the time was not sufficient to prove his theory; his great argument for it was from its simplicity as compared to the epicycle hypothesis.

Monday, January 1, 2001


This is a link to the blank maps that are used for the map quizes.