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“Is ‘the Dark Ages’ an appropriate term to describe the Midd

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“Is ‘the Dark Ages’ an appropriate term to describe the Middle Ages?”
DOCUMENT A: The American Cyclopaedia

1.What time period does The American Cyclopaedia use to explain the “Dark Ages”?
the fifth century (400 ce) to the beginning of the fifteenth century.
almost corresponding with the middle ages.

2.Does “intellectual depression” refer to the people of the “Dark Ages” or historical knowledge of the time?
intellectual depression refers to the people of the dark ages because the historians thought that it was a time where not alot of educatin was being taught or innovation.

3.Does this definition resemble more the original meaning of the “Dark Ages” or the meaning it gained over time?
yes it does.
DOCUMENT B: MAGNA CARTA

1.How did religion influence the Magna carta? i think mainly because they mostly related to god.

2.How did the Magna Carta limit the power of King John?
it limited his powers because, if he dosent follow these rules or demands, then he will no longer have his nobles behind his back

3.How did the Magna Carta lay the foundation for democracy?
it layed the foundation for democracy because it gave the king less power, or limited power i should say. and now people are standing up for what is right.

Document C: Joan of Arc, Painting

1.How does this painting show the influence of religion on politics?
well there are what looks like angels in the top right corner so..

2.Do you think the painter of this picture viewed Joan of Arc as a heroine? Explain.
well a herione is someone who is strong and mighty, i think that he did try to make her look like this because she is suited up in armor and she has a sword.

3.How does this painting combine the style of the ancient Greek and Roman artists with that of the artists of the Middle Ages? Give examples.
it combines them from what she is wearing and the pictures behind her.
Document D: Kokin Wakashū anthology

1.Do you think the style of the book suggests anything about its value? Explain.
well the style and layout of the book looks like someone put a lot of time and effort into it so i am guessing that it is valued high.

2.When was the edition in this image published? How does that relate to its original publication?
i think that it was published between 878- 930.

3.What do the types of poems in this collection tell you about Japanese society at this time?
it tells you they are similar.
Document E: Major Trade Routes of Afroeurasia c.1300 CE, Map

1.How do you think the Crusades may have influenced the trade routes shown on this map? Explain.
well most of the trade routes went through islam, so the crusades probably kept the christians and Buddhists from going.

2.Which cities shown on the map do you think were most affected by ideas from foreign lands?
Which cities were least affected by ideas from foreign lands? Explain.
I think that the cities that didn't have large trade routes were most effected. and cities that had multiple trade routes near them were least effected. but when alot of people come and all have a different idea it is not as like important, but if u have less people coming then the ideas may be more important in the smaller cities.

3.How might trade have affected the culture of people living in the areas shown along the trade routes?
they probably had more experience handling foreigners.
Document F: Excerpt for Secondary Source

1.Based on this excerpt, do you think trade was instrumental in the spread of Buddhism to Japan? Explain.
yes i do because when you meet new people that had or seem to have a better lifestyle of worship then you, most of the time you want that.

2.Summarize the trade relations described in this excerpt. Do you think the geographic locations of Japan, China, and Korea contributed to this trade? Explain
the countries traded things that each other country needed. and the countries weren't too far away and not too close.

3.How do you think people in Japan, China, and Korea were affected by the trade described here? Explain.
most of the people probably got what they needed. and most of the people went to them also.


ESSAY
When you hear the word "dark ages" what is the first thing that pops up in your head? well for me i think of something scary and dark and mean. Well the "middle ages" is the complete opposite. There was not much stuff that came out of the middle ages but all of the people were happy and smiles and trading and buying goods!!! so when you think of the middle ages you should think of all that i just described. I do not think that the dark ages is a good name to call the middle ages.

according to the american encyclopedia, intellectual depression refers to the people of the dark ages because the historians thought that it was a time where not alot of education was being tough or innovation. most of the historians didn't realize that it was only the beginning of the middle ages that not much exciting stuff had happened. they just all grouped it together and called it the dark ages. when they gave it the name it originally meant it was a time of darkness where there was nothing that came out of it.

people achieved lots of things, so i feel that the middle ages being caled the dark ages is injustice. just like how the nobles created the magna carta to limit the power of king john so that he would still have followers. if they did not make the magna carta then who knows what the rules of laws would be like today.

in these middle ages, 2 great things were made, the joan of arc painting and the kokin wakashu anthology. the painting of the joan of arc is religious or of religious decent because if you look closely you can see the angels in the top right corner of the painting. she is also viewed as a heroine because of the suit of Armour and the sword. as for the anthology, the style and the layout of the book looks af if someone put a lot of time and effort into it so i am guessing that it is valued high. the anthology was published between 878-930. also when trade was going on in islam and japan, they both traded what eachother neede dso that its a win win.

in conclusion, all of the things thati talked about in this essay are good points to the general topic is the "dark ages" a good term to describe the "middle ages". so before you go calling this time of trade and good things "dark" read this.

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