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2.10 Module Project

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Camille Cormier-Cheney

on 29 August 2014

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2.10 Module Project
My second piece of evidence is document D. This document is the Kokin Wakashū anthology. This also was written in Medeival times, although unlike the Magna Carta, which was made in Europe, this was made in Japan. The Kokin Wakashū is a collection of poems that Emperor Daigo ordered to be put together during the time he ruled. It was divided into sections based on what the poem was about: the seasons, traveling, and love. At this point I'd like to point out that poetry is considered an art. Now, if the "Dark Ages" are really so dark then how did they even know how to write poetry? or even read and write? I'd like you to consider that is read the rest of my essay.
Finally,we are at the last document! For this last supporting point I would like to use document E. This document is a map of Eurasia's trading during the Middle Ages. As I'm sure you can see, trade flourished and was widespread. Now your everyday store is a place where rumors and ideas can spread and word of important affairs gets around. In modern day this is mostly thanks to newspapers and magazines. However, back then they spread ideas and gossip orally, by telling stories and stuff. The trading allowed this to happen and many ideas had a chance to be exchanged. Without all that trading, I wouldn't be typing on a computer and we would probably have very similar lies to the common folk of the Middle Ages.
Major trade routes of Afroeuroasia
Magna Carta
Kokin Wakashu
How do you think the crusades may have influenced the trade routes on this map? Explain.
Document E
How might trade have affected the culture of people living in the areas shown along the trade routes?
Document D
Do you think the style of the book suggests anything about it's value? Explain.
Document B
How did religion influence the Magna Carta?
Which cities Shown on the map do you think were most affected by ideas from foreign lands? Which Cities were least affected
How did the Magna Carta limit the power of King John?
How did the Magna Carta lay the foundation for democracy?
When was the edition in this image published? How does that relate to its original publication?
What do the types of poems in this Collection tell you about Japanese Society at this time?
They believe God influenced everything and that everything that they did had to please God and not upset him, so they made the document under Gods name.
It made it so that the king couldn't control the church, the church controlled itself. He couldn't put people in jail, or collect money from them without the consent of the nobles.
It established a title and limited the power of the monarch. It also showed that no one was above the law, not even the king.
Based on the time period when this was made, I'd have to say that style suggests that it was highly important and respected because it would take a lot more work to make something so detailed in that time period.
I think that this image was an original copy so it would probably be published from 897-930 CE.
Based on the fact that the poems are about the seasons, traveling, and love, I'd have to say that it was a peaceful time in Japan.
During the crusades, trade routes in Europe were reopened, so I think it would have had a positive effect, like say it's now very busy and trade is flourishing.
These people may have become more "civilized" and reliant on the trade, also they may have a lot of people asking if they can stay for the night.
Constantinople seemed to be largely affected and Kiev doesn't seem to be affected at all.
I have chosen Documents B, D and E to support my statement that the Dark Ages is not an appropriate term to describe the Middle Ages. I will do my best to prove to you that this is a misconception and that the Middle Ages were indeed a fascinating time in our history. Many things did happen during this misunderstood time and I will touch on some of these.
My first piece of evidence is document D. In this document we have the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was created during the supposed "Dark Ages". This document set the base of our constitution and many other documents as well. The Magna Carta also showed the people at the time that no one, not even the king was impervious to the rules.
All things considered, I hope that you now agree that the Middle Ages weren't dark, but in fact were just as important as the rest of history. If you just look a little deeper you can find things that you didn't even know exist. Maybe we are in our dark ages if we really think that the Middle Ages were dark because we don't really seem to enlighten ourselves and prove ourselves wrong the way we could.
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