Assignment: Big History

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I. Pre-reading Assignment
1. Big History is a course that tells about the 13.8 billion year during history. Big History interrelates professional thinking about the universe into a coherent story and looks at the entire span of history at different scales, up to the greatest scale. It is told chronologically using disciplinary tools. It’s a modern, scientific version of an origin story. It is a way to look at our history and understand human's place in the world that incorporates all of time. Big History applies to AP World History because Big History includes the periods of AP World History, and more.
o 8000 BC – 600 BC: technological and environmental transformations
● Big geography and the peopling of the earth
● The Neolithic Revolution
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It is an attempt to categorize history or divide time into specifically named eras. The result is descriptive concepts. The eras fit into this term because they are organized by different causes and situations which occurred during those specific time periods.

II. Reading Assignment
Prologue: Yali's Question
• "Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own?" (Diamond
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A main factor that helped with this spread is the development of strong agricultural societies. Based on agricultural food production, and all of the variables that play along with farming, and the location, China was ultimately able to diffuse and maintain this Sinification throughout its region.

• China is the only large nation to not be a heap and who has been politically united for centuries. Looking at the modern distribution of language (a large portion Mandarin), the Sino-Tibetan languages of the north overtook and spread into south China. Because of this, the diversity was unified much earlier than other nations.

Northern China was the site of independent plant domestication. China also developed animal domestication, writing, bronze metallurgy and stratified society. Its major east-west axis allowed for environmental diversity and diffusion of

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