Discussion – Empires and Cultures

Part 2: First Empires and Common Cultures in Afro-Eurasia

Reading: Tignor, Chapter 4
Online Materials: Migration, Caste, and Vedic Culture.
Website: Around the Indus River Valley

Discussion Questions:

1. How did migrations influence the development of societies in Afro-Eurasia?
2. Describe the worldview of Vedic culture in ancient South Asia.
3. Why was “caste” (Varna) of particular importance?
4. Did Vedic culture function to maintain social-political structures in the material and cosmic planes of existence? If so, then please explain.
5. How does caste (Varna) continue to have a role in India today?
6. How were empires different from territorial states?
7. What are the cultural legacies of the Persian, Greek, and Jewish worlds from this
period?
8. Other comments – impressions?

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