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Please scroll and contribute at least 2 posts to this Discussion Board on at least 2 distinct questions threads. Each post will be given points for the following:
1) adequate length (approximately 200 words)
2) clarity and good writing
3) including a specific example
4) including an in-text citation (to either assigned or extra material must use a proper citation format)
Example (author, page number)
5) including a question that you are left with.
To receive full credit, be sure to add something new to the thread and answer the question directly.
PLEASE RESPOND TO TWO OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
- In Chapter 2 of The Colonizer’s Model of the World, Blaut identifies a number of theories that support the myth of the European miracle. Choose one myth. Options are: a. Myth of European Rationality (p94) b. Myth of the more liberal European state (p119 & 124) c. Myth of European Religious Unity (p124) d. Myth of Superior European Nuclear Family (p128) e. Myth of European Technological Superiority (p108). For your chosen myth, what is the argument of the myth itself? What is Blaut's counter argument? Why is Blaut’s counter argument important?
- In Chapter 2 of The Colonizer’s Model of the World, Blaut identifies a number of theories that are environmental reductionist myths. Choose one myth. Options are: a. “The Myth of Tropical Nastiness” (p69) b. “The Myth of Arid Despotic Asia” (p80) c. “The Myth of Temperate Europe” (p90) d. “The Myth of European rationality” (p94). For your chosen myth, what is the argument of the myth itself? What is Blaut's counter argument? Why is Blaut’s counter argument important?
- Blaut argues that development in Europe was the same as other regions prior to 1492. Why does he believe Europe developed differently from other regions after 1492? What is the significance of Blaut's argument (why is it important)
- What is the Orient Express Myth? What are some of the problems with it? What are key regions where ancient cities emerged? How does the film you watched on the Indus Valley challenge ideas based in the Orient Express Myth? What accomplishments were part of the civilization in the Indus Valley? What happened to the Indus Valley civilization? What did you learn from the film that was most striking or significant to you?
- How do you notice that the Persians are portrayed in the film clip from 300? What historical inaccuracies exist in that portrayal? How is the movie 300 an example of Western bias? What is another film or show you have seen that misrepresents a nation or group of people and how so?
- What is historiography? Why is knowledge of historiography important? How did Ramses II represent his own history? How did that differ from the reality? Can you think of any other examples from history or current events in which the representation varies depending on the point of view?
- How is the World History book (used as an examine in Lesson #1) an example of eurocentrism? Thinking about your own education, can you think of examples of eurocentrism in your education? Give examples from textbooks, classes, etc.
- If you would like to make a post that addresses a topic not listed in the prompts, feel free! Reflect critically on any topic from the reading or lecture. This could include material from the Blaut chapters, the Indus Valley film, or lecture. You could also choose a concept as the focus of your response such as historiography or ethnocentrism.