Mr. G's AP World History

The Renaissance: Arts and the Ascent of Money

Posted in Cool Ideas, Economics, The West, Videos by gibault1 on November 30, 2011

The Renaissance led to a flurry of new economic activity. Italy, because of its strategic location in the Mediterranean, became one of Europe’s financial hubs. Newfound wealth in places like Florence resulted in an explosion of patronage for the arts. Banking and economics played a critical roll in this revolution. Today’s complicated economic world of investment, trading and financialization, all the stocks, bonds, derivatives, credit default swaps,  and mortgage-backed securities, much of this–whether good or bad–can be traced back to the explosion of finance that happened in the West during the Renaissance. Get a better grasp on history. Learn some economic history. Watch Niall Ferguson’s documentary “The Ascent of Money,” at least the first hour of it.


Medieval German vs. Mongol “Shock and Awe”

Posted in The Mongols, War by gibault1 on November 23, 2011

The Mongols are often cast as one of history’s most barbaric and ruthless forces. However, is the classification accurate or was it the result of exaggerated historical accounts? Was it terror real or imagined? Click HERE to read an interesting comparison.

Who Was the Richest Person Ever?

Posted in Ancient Rome, Economics by gibault1 on November 19, 2011

Frustration over income inequality has given rise to “Occupy Wall Street” protests in the United States and related demonstrations throughout the developed world. In this excerpt from “The Haves and the Have-Nots,” World Bank economist Branko Milanovic answers the question of who was the richest person to have ever lived.

Click HERE to read the excerpt.

Korean Soft Power

Posted in China, Cool Ideas by gibault1 on November 17, 2011

As we’ve learned in chapter 13, China traditionally enjoyed a great deal of influence in the Asian sphere. Being the “core” civilization of the area, many of its ideas either travelled to neighbouring peoples or were directly adopted by them (ie. Korea & Japan). This was an ongoing pattern throughout much of history and its important to note.

Today, while China enjoys great clout both financially and militarily in the region, its neighbour Korea also finds itself enjoying a growing amount of power–power, in this case, of the “soft” variety. Watch the clip below to see how Korean notions of beauty are transforming the way people in Asia view themselves. Also, read the Pitchfork music article to understand just how increasingly powerful the Korean Pop music scene is becoming. Korea is growing its international footprint; a reversal compared to its position viz-a-viz China during its early history.

Click HERE for the BBC video clip on the booming Korean plastic surgery industry.

Click HERE to read the fascinating Pitchfork article “To Anyone: The Rise of Korean Wave”–an introduction to the increasingly influential world of K-Pop.

Document Based Question Practice Time!!!

Posted in Ancient Rome, AP Exam, China by gibault1 on November 10, 2011

Woot woot!!! It’s time to practice DBQ writing again. Yeeeehaw!!!

Yes, Mr. G has finally decided to acquiesce to your wishes. So many of you have been asking Mr. G to assign DBQ essay practice over the weekend that he finally couldn’t ignore your pleas anymore. Going to the mall, listening to Bieber, playing video games, hanging out with friends, sleeping in and watching movies: Mr. G was eventually convinced–from all the emails, the letters, the blog posts, the hints and winks–that you don’t want any of this; moreover, that you actually want some intense, rigorous AP work. Alright, you win, kids, you win 😉

Click HERE for your DBQ practice question.

Rough draft due Tuesday.

The Empathic Civilization

Posted in Cool Ideas, Economics, Videos by gibault1 on November 8, 2011

In his book, “The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis“, renowned social thinker Jeremy Rifkin offers a radical new view of human nature. He looks at how empathy will determine our fate as a species.

Rifkin offers some innovative ideas to tackle our pressing world problems.

Watch the first video (at least) and complete a set of dialectical notes. Does Rifkin present a genuine solution for our world? Is there hope?