East, West, and South Asia societies became more culturally, socially, and politically integrated between 1200 and 350 BCE. Indeed, all three regions experienced the growth of a common culture. While this process did not affect all groups within each region equally, a common worldview spread in each area, often encouraged by economic and political elites. These elite groups created and propagated their visions through a variety of methods and techniques. The following documents explore attempts by Assyrian, Persian, Zhou, and Vedic leaders to shape a common outlook in their respective regions. As you examine each document, identify the overarching vision that each text proposes. How did this message support the interest of the elites in each society? How did these worldviews unite various groups in these regions? How did they promote order and stability in each region?
1. Write an essay (introduction, main points/body, conclusion) of MORE THAN 1100 words;
2. In your own words – if you must quote, count the cut-n-pasted word count of the quote AND ADD IT TO THE 1100 word minimum requirement. 350 words in quotes means the essay should total MORE than 1450 words.
3. Adhere to rules of English grammar, spelling and punctuation
4. Keep the phrasing in the THIRD PERSON and the tense in the past.
(“One may conclude” not “I believe”, and “They WERE” not “They ARE”
APPROACH 1: The first possible approach would see you answer one or more of the questions immediately following the document or document fragment available via the links below. Answer the question(s) by reading the document(s). You are to answer the question(s), with reference to the chosen document(s) in the form of an essay to be submitted via the Canvas Turnitin button at the bottom of this page.
APPROACH 2: The second possible approach takes you to a list of three to five documents, as above. Choose one, and then answer some combination of the the following QUESTIONS AS AN ESSAY. Again, you should present the answers IN THE FORM OF AN ESSAY (Intro, main points, conclusion) and submit it via the button below.
With either approach, these document-based essays should provide a clearly articulated thesis, supported by relevant detail (names, dates, places, examples, etc.)
4 pages – MLA formatting.