WORLD HISTORY………………………………..

This essay assesses your ability to construct an argument. It is based on the lectures, tutorial discussions and readings from Weeks 7-12.
You must formulate an argument in response to ONE of the following questions:

Was the Renaissance a European or a global phenomenon?

In your response, you might like to consider the interactions between Europe and Asia in the early modern period; the key characteristics of humanism in Europe; and the significance of the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, the Mughal Empire and/or China during the Ming dynasty.

OR

In what ways did the European colonisation of the Americas in the early modern period (c.1500-1700) impact the peoples and societies of the Atlantic world – ie Western Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas?

In your response, you might like to consider the emergence of a global economy dominated by Western Europe; the effects of the Columbian Exchange – ie the movement of peoples, plants, animals and diseases across the Atlantic world; and the benefits colonisation brought to Western Europe in contrast to the long-term socio-economic disadvantages it generated in colonised societies.

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WORLD HISTORY (1117LHS) MAJOR ESSAY: Europe in the World Due Date: Friday 6 October (Wk 12) Weighting: 40% Length: 1500 words Task This essay assesses your ability to construct an argument. It is based on the lectures, tutorial discussions and readings from Weeks 7-12. You must formulate an argument in response to ONE of the following questions: Was the Renaissance a European or a global phenomenon? In your response, you might like to consider the interactions between Europe and Asia in the early modern period; the key characteristics of humanism in Europe; and the significance of the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, the Mughal Empire and/or China during the Ming dynasty. OR In what ways did the European colonisation of the Americas in the early modern period (c.1500-1700) impact the peoples and societies of the Atlantic world – ie Western Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas? In your response, you might like to consider the emergence of a global economy dominated by Western Europe; the effects of the Columbian Exchange – ie the movement of peoples, plants, animals and diseases across the Atlantic world; and the benefits colonisation brought to Western Europe in contrast to the long-term socio-economic disadvantages it generated in colonised societies. OR How and why did piracy and revolution affect European empires in the Atlantic world from the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries? In your response, you might like to consider the role of pirates and privateers in the conflict over wealth and territory, which engulfed European empires in the wake of the colonisation of the Americas; the significance of the Buccaneers of the Caribbean; the crackdown on maritime bandits by the British state during the ‘golden age of piracy’ (1716-1726); the effects of the American Revolution on the British and French empires; the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars as catalysts of nationalism and imperial expansion; the…