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Read the book and readings that I provide for you and answer the following questions roughly in about one page. The textbook provides a general overview of the connections across Afro-Eurasia. The primary document readings are from travelers and an historian. Two early long-distance travelers; the Venetian Christian Marco Polo (1254-1324), and the Moroccan Muslim Ibn Battuta (1304-1368). I have excerpted from them two views of China during the Mongol (Yuan) Dynasty. What can you learn of the authors from their texts? How do their views of the same places compare? What accounts for the similarities and differences? What evidence is there for extensive pan-Afro-Eurasian interaction? This week our writing of an historian is from the Tunisian scholar lbh Khaldun (1332-1406). What does he think is the purpose of history writing? He thinks that he is developing a new kind of history writing. How is it like modern academic history writing? What does he say are the causes of inaccuracy in history writing? What does he think of Ibn Battuta?

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