a. Similarity: revolved around the idea of looking into a deeper meaning of life b. Similarity: try to better people’s lives
i. Confucianism: based on work ethics
a. Positions of authority are the philosophers/politicians ii. Hinduism: based on caste system; reincarnation; gods; hereditary; status of afterlife determined by karma b. Positions of authority are the Priests/Brahmins II) Understand how and why the collapse of empire was more sever in Western Europe than it was in the eastern Mediterranean or in China A) Thesis: The collapse of empire was more sever in Western Europe than it was in China because of its relative location. 1. Direct Comparisons
a. Western Europe: Rome was more reliant on trade: decline in trade damaged economy b. Western Europe: had been a change of the capital from Rome to Byzantium causing a loss in centralized government for the western half of the empire c. China: When the Han dynasty feel, it was replaced by another Chinese ruler; Mandate of Heaven i. Western Europe: When the Roman Empire fell, it was overturned by barbarians which destroyed the empire
III) Compare the development of traditions and institutions in major civilizations A) Thesis: Rome and Greece over time developed into similar empires; however, Rome success was based on more on its conquests that occurred over the years. 1) Direct Comparisons
a) Similarity: Similar religions; polytheistic; same gods, different names b) Similarity: Made...