Purpose and Outcomes

Traditionally historians employed terms like Old and New World in ways that implied the superiority of one civilization over the other. The Old World was civilized, ancient, connected, and understood. By contrast the New World was unknown, primitive, and discovered. Fortunately those understandings faded while more sophisticated ideas replaced them. James Merrell’s, , and Neil Salisbury’s, will broaden your understanding of those concepts and allow you to apply them in new and meaningful ways.

Instructions

Please provide minimum 200-word responses to each of the following two questions. Your responses should only use the assigned articles. Please include specific information to support your assertions and provide basic MLA citations when required. Example: (Merrell, 47). Each response is worth ten (10) possible points for a total of twenty (20) possible points.

  1. How does Merrell define New Worlds and how does he illustrate his argument? What examples does he use and why?
  2. How does Salisbury define Old Worlds and how does he illustrate his argument? What examples does he use and why?

 

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