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Week Ten: Patterns and Trends in Human History, 3000 BCE - 1000 CE


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Lecture preparation (week beginning 23 September)

This week you are required to read chapters 9 and 10 of Maps of Time.

Tutorial focus (week beginning 7 October)

This week we will discuss the questions listed below.

  • What continuities in large-scale structures and trends can we see in the era of agrarian civilizations?
  • What were the impacts of networks of trade and exchange?
  • What problems developed as forms of social organization became more complex?

Recommended further reading

There is a wealth of books in the UQ library about agrarian states, empires and the effects of trade and exchanges networks in the period 3000 BCE to 1000 CE. In addition to the works listed as recommended for last week's topic, the following books will allow you to explore in greater depth various subjects referred to in this week's lecture and likely to be discussed tutorial in your tutorial:

  • Adams, Robert McC. 1966. The evolution of urban society :Early mesopotamia and prehispanic mexico. Chicago: Aldine Atherton.
  • Beckwith, Christopher I. 2009. Empires of the silk road :A history of central eurasia from the bronze age to the present. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Begley, Vimala, and Richard Daniel De Puma. 1991; 1991. Rome and india :The ancient sea trade. Wisconsin studies in classics. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press.
  • Bossler, Beverly J. 1998. Powerful relations :Kinship, status, & the state in sung china (960-1279). Harvard-yenching institute monograph series. Vol. 43. Cambridge, Mass.: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University.
  • Cameron, Rondo, and Larry Neal. 2003. A concise economic history of the world :From paleolithic times to the present. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Chakrabarti, Dilip K. 2005. The archaeology of the deccan routes :The ancient routes from the ganga plain to the deccan. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers.
  • Foltz, Richard. 1999. Religions of the silk road :Overland trade and cultural exchange from antiquity to the fifteenth century. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • Kirch, Patrick Vinton. 1997. The lapita peoples :Ancestors of the oceanic world. The peoples of south-east asia & the pacific. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers.
  • ---. 1994. The wet and the dry :Irrigation and agricultural intensification in polynesia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • ---. 1985. Feathered gods and fishhooks :An introduction to hawaiian archaeology and prehistory. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Ma, Laurence J. C. 1971. Commercial development and urban change in sung china (960 -1279). Michigan geographical publication. Vol. 6. Ann Arbor: Dept. of Geography, University of Michigan.
  • Sen, Tansen. 2003. Buddhism, diplomacy, and trade: The realignment of sino- indian relations, 600-1400. Asian interactions and comparisons. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
  • Smith, Christopher, and Helen Parkins. 1998. Trade, traders, and the ancient city. London; New York: Routledge.
  • So, Billy K. L. 2000. Prosperity, region, and institutions in maritime china : The south fukien pattern, 946-1368. Harvard east asian monographs. Vol. 195. Cambridge, Mass.: Published by the Harvard University Asia Center.
  • Wallerstein, Immanuel. 1974. The modern world-system. Studies in social discontinuity. New York: Academic Press.
  • Wood, Frances. 2002. The silk road :Two thousand years in the heart of asia. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Young, Gary K. 2001. Rome's eastern trade :International commerce and imperial policy, 31 BC-AD 305. London; New York: Routledge.
  • Zhang Yiping. 2005. Story of the silk road. China: China Intercontinental Press.

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