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Global Power Project- Part 3: The Influence of Individuals & Family Dynasties

Global Power Project- Part 3: The Influence of Individuals & Family Dynasties | Year 8 History | Scoop.it
“Dynastic power was and remains largely wielded in the corporate and financial sectors.” Dynastic power, embedded in the institution of “family,” has been with humanity for as long as empire: ancie...
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There are interesting paragraphs in this blog post (included below), which could be used to spark debate in students and to compare/contrast how empires were built and maintained in the past with today.  What constitutes an empire? What is the connection between the historical, tradition interpretation of an empire and today's economic/business interpretation?

 

"Empire does not just happen, nor, for that matter, does “capitalism.” Society is made, constructed, shaped, directed, organized and engineered. Ideas are embedded in institutions, which establish ideologies, indoctrinate individuals and implement objectives. But they are not omnipotent; they must respond to changes in the population, in public opinion and will, in the cultural evolution of humanity, in resistance to war, tyranny, oppression and impoverishment. Institutions and ideologies must adapt to changing circumstances, to technological and cultural developments, or they will become obsolete.

The population, however, must also adapt to a changing environment, technological developments, cultural attitudes, economic and social disasters, and political engagement. The population – the people, both nationally and globally – must work to adapt their thinking, their perspective and their understanding of power, of ideas and institutions, of the way in which society functions and the ways in which it could function.

The purpose of the Global Power Project is to provide a lens through which to view and understand power more directly – not as abstract concepts of “democracy” or “capitalism,” liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic, but as a complex relationship between power and people. This research seeks to identify the individuals and institutions that wield significant power over society, nationally and globally, to help us understand who specifically has shaped and is continuing to shape the world we all live in."

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The feudal mode of computing (1): the problem

I have … called this model of computing feudal. Users pledge allegiance to more powerful companies who, in turn, promise to protect them from both sysadmin duties and security threats. It’s a metaphor that’s rich in history and in fiction, and a model that’s increasingly permeating computing today. Feudal security consolidates power in the hands of the few. These companies act in their own self-interest. They use their relationship with us to increase their profits, sometimes at our expense. They act arbitrarily. They make mistakes. They’re deliberately changing social norms. Medieval feudalism gave the lords vast powers over the landless peasants; we’re seeing the same thing on the Internet.

 


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Angkor — National Geographic Magazine

Angkor — National Geographic Magazine | Year 8 History | Scoop.it
After rising to sublime heights, the sacred city may have engineered its own downfall.
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Angkor — Interactive — National Geographic Magazine

Angkor — Interactive — National Geographic Magazine | Year 8 History | Scoop.it
After rising to sublime heights, the sacred city may have engineered its own downfall.
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Home | Asia Education Foundation

Home | Asia Education Foundation | Year 8 History | Scoop.it
Asia Education Foundation (AEF)

 enables educators to develop Asia literate young Australians. We support teachers, principals, education leaders and school communities to implement the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

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Was Ebola Behind the Black Death?

Was Ebola Behind the Black Death? | Year 8 History | Scoop.it
Controversial new research suggests that contrary to the history books, the "Black Death" that devastated medieval Europe was not the bubonic plague, but rather an Ebola-like virus.

History books have long taught the Black Death, which wiped out a quarter of Europe's population in the Middle Ages, was caused by bubonic plague, spread by infected fleas that lived on black rats. But new research in England suggests the killer was actually an Ebola-like virus transmitted directly from person to person.

The Black Death killed some 25 million Europeans in a devastating outbreak between 1347 and 1352, and then reappeared periodically for more than 300 years. Scholars had thought flea-infested rats living on ships brought the disease from China to Italy and then the rest of the continent.

But researchers Christopher Duncan and Susan Scott of the University of Liverpool say that the flea-borne bubonic plague could not have torn across Europe the way the Black Death did.

 Ebola virus graphic by Russell Kightley Media


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The only way you could make this story more exciting would be to add zombies...B-)

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Khmer Empire

Khmer Empire | Year 8 History | Scoop.it
The Khmer empire was a powerful state in South East Asia, formed by people of the same name, lasting from 802 CE to 1431 CE.
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Angkor And The Khmer Empire Htav PDF And Ebook Files - DocsFiles

Angkor And The Khmer Empire Htav PDF Files, Lesson Number: Lesson Content: 1 – 2 Introduction: Geographical Setting – Southeast Asia; Indochina; hampa, Dai Viet, Pagan etc.
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