Check Your Understanding Questions
Why did the Yuan leaders select China as the center of their empire?
Why did England and France engage in the series of conflicts known as the Hundred Years’ War?
What events weakened the power of the papacy in western Europe in the fourteenth century?
What types of methods have historical climatologists used to learn about the history of climate change?
What are some key differences between fourteenth-century and modern travel patterns?
How were different regions affected by the climate changes of the Little Ice Age?
What role did trade and commercial networks play in the spread of the bubonic plague?
How did responses to the plague differ in Christian Europe and the Muslim Middle East?
What conditions made populations more vulnerable to infectious disease?
How did the social structures and hierarchies that defined much of western medieval Europe shift in the aftermath of the Black Death?
How did the calamities of the fourteenth century affect religious life in Afro-Eurasia?