Friday, March 20, 2015

Post-Classical Labor Forms, Rebellions, & Cities

The economic opportunities of the Post-Classical period were in both manufacturing and agriculture. Population growth led to urbanization and overuse of resources. Environmental issues and disease led to population shifts, as well. Existing forms of labor were adapted and new forms, such as serfdom and mit'a, were introduced. Cities rose and fell for many of the same reasons as they always have, and peasant rebellions were staged over taxes (not surprising). The Red Turban Rebellion was successful after 30 years of fighting. The victory led to the beginning of the Ming Dynasty at the end of the Post-Classical.  

Learning Goals 
  • Explain the innovations that led to increases in agricultural and industrial production
  • Identify the reasons for the rise and downfall of cities in certain regions.
  • Explain the circumstances of the Red Turban Rebellion. 
  • Discuss the changes in gender relations and family structure that resulted from the diffusion of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Neoconfucianism.

APWH Curriculum 



Discussion: Population and Urbanization

Innovations in Agriculture
  1. Champa rice varieties 
  2. The chinampa field systems 
  3. Waru waru agricultural techniques in the Andean areas 
  4. Improved terracing techniques 
  5. The horse collar
Chinese, Persian, and Indian artisans and merchants expanded their production of textiles and porcelains for export; industrial production of iron and steel expanded in China

CCOT Practice: Labor Forms

  • Study the labor forms and write a CCOT thesis statement based on the Post-Classical time period. Include the reasons why the labor form stayed the same or changed. Include a group, social movement, or technology that affected the change.


CCOT essay framework

Research: Red Turban Rebellion

Why did the Chinese peasants overthrow the Yuan Dynasty (Mongols)?


Comparative Practice : Women of Islam and Christianity 

  • Write a summary statement that includes a similarity and difference between women in Islam and Christianity.

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