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Crash Course Big History: Why Early Globalization Matters (12:16)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 01:12 What are two vital ingredients for collective learning to occur, and how might they vary?
  2. 03:46 How did Afro-Eurasia have more collective learning advantages than other world zones?
  3. 04:00 What happened 500 years ago that qualifies as “early globalization”?
  4. 07:03 Why is printing important to collective learning?
  5. 08:50 How did the potato affect the number of potential innovators around the world? NOTE: In this video, the narrator says that potatoes traveled from Mesoamerica to Afro-Eurasia. While it’s likely that European travelers passed through Mesoamerica on their way home, the potato actually originated in the Andes Mountains of South America.
  6. 10:56 How are plagues a result of globalization, and what effect do they have on collective learning?