Part of what we will try to establish in this course are connections that tie events that are often centuries and continents apart. Think of it as big picture over time. I would like you to reflect upon the possible connections that would tie the rise of Genghis (Chinggis) Khan to the Protestant Reformation over two centuries later in Europe. The Mongol expansion sparked a series of events that might provide us with at least one piece of the puzzle to explain what initiated the reformation. (I stress, this is a possible explanation of some of the many factors). In essence I am asking you to follow the domino pieces. Some of the domino pieces include the Mongol conquests, Mongol Empire, Trade, Plague, Depletion of Monastic Orders, Expanded Charity Requirements…. In other words try to provide a fleshed out narrative that could explain the connections between these seemingly unconnected events (fleshed out refers to the need to provide some level of detail on each event and a clear explanation of the connections – please be sure to establish a timeline and to provide dates) Instructions: You can answer this question from your notes, the “Three Days in October 1630” article and the text. If you are using the textbook and when you use the article please be sure to cite. I expect this to be typed, proofed, edited and polished. Double space, use 12 size font and employ regular margins (1 inch). You should be able to answer this in no more than 4 pages (5 if quality of writing is excellent.) Generally then between 3 and 5 pages. Send me or your TAs any questions you might have and we will do our best to answer them. I have given you two week to complete this assignment, please do a good job of it. There are a few issues I would like to elaborate on in order to dispel any possible confusion. Assignment I – Elaboration 1- This particular assignment is not about the Protestant Reformation itself – that topic we will be covering later on in the semester – but about some of the many possible precursors to the Reformation. 2- When you are asked to look at possible connections between the rise of Genghis Khan and the Reformation, I am not asking for a direct personal connection!! The Mongol unification gave rise to a certain set of events. Those then set other events off, which in turn set off yet others until we finally have the events that I have referred to as possible precursors to the Reformation (Those things that caused people to question the church and so on and so forth.) That is what I am asking you to discuss and explain. 3- The article we read should be useful since if you draw the right information from it you can describe the effects of the plague and how it affected society, to support the argument that this is a time of chaos and fear and so on a so forth… 4- You are not required to use a title page for this assignment or a bibliography unless the citation style you are using requires it (so for example in MLA there is no way around it, but in Chicago Manual Style as long as you include a first full citation in the footonote then you can skip a bibliography) After you have located the big picture events please be sure to narrate the story and use what material you have (lecture, text, and article) to draw us a narrative picture of the events. So don’t just mention the event, if you have the information to draw us a mental picture of those events then you need to do so. So start with the unification, conquest, trade (provide what detail you can), plague (from China to Italy…) and this is very important – draw a narrative picture of a medieval world hit by plague…… and etc…
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