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Medieval/Renaissance Period Turning Points?

Discussion in 'World History' started by carmen510, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Sharwood

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    Not exactly a quality educational institution, I'm guessing.
     
  2. Tee Kay

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    What about the Black Death? Also, you could talk about the introduction of new world crops to Europe, Asia and Africa.

    Also, Battle of Chaldiran, ensuring Ottoman dominance in the Middle East and caused a religious revolution within Persia.
     
  3. Masada

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    Slap your teacher.
     
  4. GoodGame

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    @Magister,

    You're going to need some specialist books if you go with an engineering topic. I doubt you'll find an engineering revolution for that time frame, just gradual improvements by un-named people.
    E.g.
    http://www.amazon.com/Water-Technology-Middle-Ages-Monasteries/dp/080186626X
    http://books.google.com/books?id=5m...X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA203,M1

    It might be interesting to compare their work to the engineering that was going on in central American in the same time frame. They had some extensive works and irrigation, I believe (at least as seen on cable tv).
     
  5. MagisterCultuum

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    It is Georgia Tech, which is considered quite good in science, engineering, and business, but it really weird when it comes to English classes. In addition to having odd themes (Medieval Science & Technology seems rather ordinary compared to those focusing on horror movies), they want the classes to deal with some electronic formats in addition to the more traditional essays.
     
  6. Yui108

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    1453 the year

    printing press
    fall of constantinople
    end of the hundred years war

    no competition
     
  7. Dachs

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    Gutenberg did his thing in the late 1430s; 1453 was just the publication of the Mainz Psalter, which may or may not have been his work. The Hundred Years' War also technically didn't end in 1453, and Castillon, though important, was not really a potential tipping point for the English; things had been decided awhile before that. And then, of course, the Fall of Constantinople was mostly just going to happen anyway.
     
  8. Yui108

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    I thought the Hundred Years war ended technically with French recapture of Bordeaux (1453). And while you can argue the Fall of Constantinople was ineveitable (perhaps) most things are. And finally, regarding the printing press (this is probably another case of wikipedia epic fail, but oh well...) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1453
     
  9. Plotinus

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    Wikipedia often contradicts itself. If you look at the entry on Gutenberg himself, you'll see that not only does it state that he invented moveable type in the 1430s, but it doesn't even mention the year 1453 in the entire article.

    Incidentally, I wouldn't call 1500-2000 words an essay at degree level. That's an introduction.
     
  10. carmen510

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    After some deliberations, I've decided to do the Hundred Years War, with the Battle of Orleans as the turning point. I may be able to insert some battles in terms of the war's context, and use the battle to show the turning point in the war, which was a turning point in world history.
     
  11. TheLastOne36

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    One that popped in my head was

    1683 Battle of Vienna - Polish win, start of the decline of the Ottoman empire.
     
  12. Sharwood

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    1683 is between 1350 and 1550? :confused:
     
  13. TheLastOne36

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    ohh... my bad...
     
  14. BananaLee

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    Wait, a wiki-type entry? Are you meant to even put an argument into your essay?
     
  15. Sharwood

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    I think he's meant to put an argument, but base it on hearsay and unfounded assumptions, and reference poorly if at all. Those references should also be highly unreliable and biased towards the thrust of his argument.
     
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    Ah, and then that little box has to be added on top then? The one about neutrality?
     
  17. Sharwood

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    Nah, that's only when the neutrality is disputed. There's another one when an article fails to meet standards of referencing and quality. What I described is well within Wiki's normal operating standards. He will however be required to allow other students to edit it whenever they feel like any way they want before he enters it.
     
  18. MagisterCultuum

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    Actually, it seems now like what he wants is actually a normal essay that is for no apparent reason submitted on the the class website's wiki.
     
  19. Sharwood

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    Sweet, let us know what that Wiki is, and we'll be sure to damage the competition for you.
     
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    I find American schools stranger and stranger every single day :p
     

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