In a group of no more than 4 you will create a diagram that covers the period 250AD-1250AD that shows the benefits and costs that people across the Eurasian landmass gained as they became more interconnected.
Remember you have studied:
- The Roman Empire
- The Decline of the Roman Empire
- The Silk Roads and Baghdad
- The Mongol Empire (Ghenghis Khan)
- The Growth of Islam across the Arabian Peninsular
- The Crusades in the Holy Land
- The Political State/Empire (Example: Rome, Ghenghis Khan, Papacy)
- Trade and Economics (Silk Road, Crusades)
- The Individual (Ghenghis Khan, Prophet Mohammed *, Pope Urban)
- Religion (The growth of Islam, the Crusades)
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ASSESSMENT: 'THE BENEFITS OF INTERCONNECTEDNESS OUTWEIGH THE COSTS' EVALUATE THIS STATEMENT IN REFERENCE TO THE PERIOD 250AD-1250AD, Benefits (, After the western part fell, the eastern half continued for hundreds of years , Let the creation of other civilazations., A new era with a different artistic style.
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Politically, the costs of interconnection outweigh the benefits and most of the time it comes down to which point of view is being looked at. When the Romans Conquered Gaul, it was a benefit for Rome, but a huge cost for the people who lost their land. There are political benefits of interconnection but cost is more.
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The benefits of interconnectedness outweigh the costs between 250 and 1250 AD. Five major key times of interconnectedness happen in the time period from 250 to 1250 AD: The rise and fall of the Roman empire, the silk roads and Baghdad, the Mongol empire (Genghis Khan), the growth of Islam across the Arabian Peninsula and the Crusades in Jerusalem. The main drivers of interconnectedness were the political state or empire (Roman and Mongol empires), trade and economics (Silk Roads and the Crusades), individuals (Genghis Khan, Prophet Mohammed and Pope Urban) and religion (The growth of Islam and the Crusades). The four categories where interconnectedness falls into are Political, Economic, Social/Cultural and Religious.
In conclusion, the benefits of being interconnected do indeed outweigh the costs, because the overall summary of each of the different perspectives (Political, Economic, Social and Religious) results in two positive perspectives, Economic and Social, one neutral perspective, Political, and one negative perspective, Religious. This means that there are more positive perspectives than negative ones. Usually, most of the final results for beneficial outcomes were either happiness, survival, wealth, power and land. Most of the costly outcomes were the opposite of the beneficial outcomes. Referring back to the original statement, the final answer is that the statement ‘The Benefits of Interconnectedness outweigh the costs’ is in fact correct in reference to the time period 250 AD to 1250 AD.
From 250AD to 1250AD, human civilizations saw vast expansion, development and increased interconnection. With interconnectedness came a multitude of benefits and costs. The costs outweigh the benefits because the benefits are dependent upon perspective. For example, although the success of the Mongol empire was a benefit for Genghis Khan and the Mongols, it was a cost for the millions of citizens in conquered regions. They were oppressed and forced to live under a foreign ruling. This means that with every benefit invariably comes a cost, therefore making this statement extremely hard to evaluate.
In conclusion, the costs outweigh the benefits of interconnectedness. Ultimately most of the benefits come at the disadvantage of someone else, therefore it is fundamentally dependent on perspective. However that is not too say that we are better apart as human interaction is necessary in society to ensure physical and mental health. This is a very hard statement to evaluate as it is more than just a benefit cost analysis. You need to consider everyone, not just those in positions of power.