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2.10 Module Project

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2.10 Module Project
“Is ‘the Dark Ages’ an appropriate term to describe the Middle Ages?”
Document A:
Dictionary Entry for “The Dark Ages”
1.What time period does The American Cyclopaedia use to explain the “Dark Ages”?
They said it was a period of intellectual depression. And instead of the short time in the beginning of the middle ages, the entire middle ages are referred to as "The Dark 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 historians thought that it was a time without education or innovation.
3.Does this definition resemble more the original meaning of the “Dark Ages” or the meaning it gained over time?
The definition resembles the meaning it gained over time.

Document B:
Magna Carta
1. How did religion influence the Magna Carta?
Religion influenced the Magna Carta because a lot of the things they demanded related to God.
2. How did the Magna Carta limit the power of King John?
It limited his power because the people stepped up and told him what they wanted, and the laws that King John himself would have to follow.
3. How did the Magna Carta lay down the foundation for democracy?
It laid down the foundation for democracy because it was the very beginning of people standing u for themselves and what they believe in. The Magna Carta stopped the King from having too much power, and gave the people more power.
Document C:
Joan of Arc
1.How does this painting show the influence of religion on politics?
It shows the influence because there are angels painted in the top left corner.
2.Do you think the painter of this picture viewed Joan of Arc as a heroine? Explain.
I think the painter viewed her as a heroin because in the painting she looks strong. There is also a sword and armor to make her look tough.
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 the styles because of what she is wearing in the painting, and the images on the flags behind her.

Document D:
Kokin Wakashū

1.Do you think the style of the book suggests anything about its value? Explain.
I think the style of the book suggests that it is worth a lot. It has an intricate design/pattern that makes it look like a lot of time and effort were put into making it.
2.When was the edition in this image published? How does that relate to its original publication?
I think that it was published between 897 and 930 CE.
3.What do the types of poems in this collection tell you about Japanese society at this time?
It tells you that they are pretty similar to the way they used to be based on the main topics.

Document E:
Major Trade Routes of Afroeurasia c.1300 CE
1.How do you think the Crusades may have influenced the trade routes shown on this map? Explain.
The Crusades probably kept the trade between Christians and Buddhists from going through, because the Islams were against the Christians, and most of the major trade routes went through Islam territories.
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 the cities that didn't have large trade routes near them were most affected, and cities that had multiple trade routes near them were least affected. The more people that come through, the more you are used to hearing about other ideas. But when you don't have as many coming through, even the slightest idea might have a large influence on the smaller cities.
3. How might trade have affected the culture of people living in the areas shown along the trade routes?
Those people probably had more possesion's, and 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.
I think trade helped spread Buddhism, because when you meet someone new and learn about them, sometimes you think how they are living is better than how you are living.
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 three countries traded the things that the other countries needed. The locations probably helped the trade because the weren't too close, and they weren't too far away.
3.How do you think people in Japan, China, and Korea were affected by the trade described here? Explain.
The people probably got what they needed. The Japanese probably got a lot more, because it sounded like more countries came to them, and they went to more countries as well.

Essay
“Is ‘the Dark Ages’ an appropriate term to describe the Middle Ages?”

When you think of something that is dark, you think of it as dreary, lifeless, or even evil. So when you think of the Middle Ages being the "Dark Ages", you assume that it means it was not a good time. But the Middle Ages were the complete opposite. Although not much came out of the early Middle Ages, the people were full of life, and "the Dark Ages" does not imply that, and is not an appropriate term to describe the Middle Ages.

According to the dictionary entry for the dark ages, it was a time of Intellectual Depression. The historians considered it intellectual depression because they assumed that limited knowledge and innovations are why not much came out of the Middle Ages. Many historians however, didn't realize that it was only in the beginning of the Middle Ages that not much happened. But they grouped it all together and gave it the title of a "Dark Age". Over the years, the "Dark Ages" have also lost true meaning. When historians first gave it the name, it was meant as a time of darkness where nothing came out.

The Middle Ages being called the Dark Ages doesn't bring justice to what the people achieved. Instead of looking at the advancements that came forth later in the Middle Ages, people get caught on the whole part of it being dark. While in fact, the people did many great things. For example, when King John began to abuse his power, the people stepped up and created the Magna Carta. Without the bravery of those people and the system they came up with, who knows if our government would be the same as it is today.

Although many bad things did happen during the Middle Ages, the conflicts were eventually worked out. When the Christians wanted more control of the Holy Land, the Crusades started. They lasted for over 200 years, and were led by many different figures. They seemed bad at the time, but eventually helped Christians gain more. It also helped the church become stronger, and it also opened new opportunities for trade throughout many different areas.

In conclusion, although innovations were limited in the beginning, many great things came out of the Middle Ages throughout the years. Without the things that happened, the world would be totally different. Therefor, "the Dark Ages" is not an appropriate term for the Middle Ages.


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