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History 2310 - Toye (NeSCC): Final Exam

Question 1

Discuss the role that “barbarian” invasions have played in shaping the history of world civilizations. What is a “barbarian” and what groups of “barbarians” have made the greatest impact on world history?

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Question 2

Historians often refer to “Western” civilization, while diplomats, journalists, and political leaders today often speak of the “West” as a particular part of the world with a distinct cultural heritage.

  • What is the “West”?
  • How is it unique from the rest of the world?
  • How did the concept of the “West” develop from a historic perspective by 1500 AD?