Answer one of the following short essay questions using material from podcast episodes, lectures, and the Sanshiro (approximately 3 paragraphs):
1. Create a flow chart of preconditions for the writing and contents of the novel Sanshiro. Highlight the most important preconditions. The chart must cover the period from 1400- 1900. Write a short essay explaining your reasons for picking the highlighted preconditions as most important. Remember that you must point to specific parts of Sanshiro to explain why something is an important precondition.
2. Create a cleavage grid for Japan at the end of our course based on the novel Sanshiro. Pick at least three characters as examples and place them on your cleavage grid. How do these cleavages constrain and enable the actions of the characters? You must provide and explain specific examples and do not forget to include the cleavage grid that you make!
Answer ONE of the following essay questions using material from podcast episodes, lectures, and readings. Be sure to refer to at LEAST THREE READINGS from throughout the course. Remember the goal is not to focus on the readings but to integrate them with all of the material from the course (4-5 paragraphs):
1. What are the shortcomings of using the fiscal-military state as the dominant explanation for changes in the global balance of power from 1450 to 1900? Be sure to define the fiscal-military state and the change in the balance of power, and to include Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas in your answer.
2. Are you convinced by environmental determinism as an explanation for how history developed between 1450 and 1900? In what ways do you think it is a helpful framework, and in what ways is it lacking? Be sure to refer to specific examples from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas and from throughout the entire period of the course.
-Strong Intro, thesis, and conclusion required.