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Maps to teach and learn Global History

This website features a new section dedicated to geo-history maps, a useful and interactive tool to accompany students in their path towards Global history.

The teaching of Global history finds in geo-history maps a powerful aid tool. That is why our textbook “A global history of humanity” – soon to be released and available for free download on this website – contains a number of such maps designed to apply this educational approach.

Some of these maps are already available for free download on this website and can be used as independent teaching tool. In fact, each map is accompanied by ideas for their use in class or at home. 

Among the subjects of these maps we are happy to mention the relationship between humans and nature (with particular attention to climate change); social organization and inequalities (international and gender); migration processes.

How to use maps in teaching

Our maps can be used as a basis for collective work in class, as individual or group work and also in a distance learning context. 

Each map or series of maps can be used either as an introduction or conclusion of learning units or as a deepening tool to reflect on any subject.

Visit the new section and download your maps for free.

GEOSTORIC MAPS TO TEACH GLOBAL HISTORY

In this section you can find some of the maps taken from the geo-history textbook "A global history of humanity" produced by CISP in the framework of the European project Get up and goals.
Its use is suggested both in classroom teaching and in distance learning.

Vol 1 - MIGRATION

The educational activity analyzes the global migration waves of Homo sapiens populations (occurred between 70,000 and 8,000 years ago) and then promotes a survey on migration in students’ families. Through these two different modes of analysis the activity favours the awareness of displacement as a normal phenomenon in human history.

Vol 1 - BIRTH OF AGRICULTURE, FIRST EMPIRES, SCIENCES...

Linking the birth of agriculture, the birth of the first empires and the spread of mathematics, this short series of maps spans a period ranging from 12000 to 500 years ago, promoting awareness of the relationship between economic, political and cultural aspects, and helping to develop a global citizenship competence: the ability to grasp correlations.

Vol 1 - THE BIRTH OF CAPITALIST ECONOMY

By presenting the flow of goods and slave labour in the centuries following the conquest of the Americas, the maps aim to underline a fundamental turning point in global history: the transition from a world system of economic exchange that did not produce strong inequalities to one based on unequal trade, in which some European states became dominant. The understanding of this shift helps develop the capacity to grasp discontinuity in history and in human action in general.

Vol 1 - THE ROMANS AND THE CHINESE

Usually, when studying the history of the period around the first century of the Common Era, in European Schools we focus on the events of the Roman Empire. Looking at what was happening simultaneously outside our continent can reserve some surprises that help develop the ability to decentralize, i.e. not to consider oneself at the centre of the world, and to dialogue with points of view other than one's own.

Vol 1 - MATRIARCHAL SOCIETIES

Through the analysis of past and present matriarchal societies, the educational activity shows how gender inequalities are constant in the history of the world and encourages the development of the capacity to decentralise, i.e. to consider different points of view and ways of living other than the ones we're used to.

Vol 2 - EXPANSION OF SUGAR CANE

Through the global spread of a highly successful agricultural product ‐ which took place over 8000 years, but was accelerated by the European conquest of the Americas – both the map and related activity aim at stimulating attention to the links between economic activities, global human events and widening inequalities, and more generally at developing the ability to grasp the interconnections between times, spaces, and events.

Vol 2 - THE EURO‐AFRO‐ASIAN TRADE SYSTEM

By showing what were the great trade routes during the centuries before the conquest of the Americas, this activity aims to make people understand that in history all economic systems know phases of ascent and decline.

Vol 2 - LANGUAGE LOSSES

Showing the linguistic diversity of North America before and after the arrival of the Europeans, this activity aims at achieving 3 objectives: to promote awareness of the loss of cultural diversity caused by European colonialism; to stimulate the ability to examine the same issue through different geographical scales (transcalarity); to increase sensitivity towards the protection of current linguistic minorities.

Vol 3 - CLIMATE MIGRANTS

The images aim at creating awareness about the relationship between energy sources stored over millions of years and continually burned in our daily activities, and the resulting environmental and social consequences. At the same time, the activity aims at promoting the ability to grasp global interconnections and adopt a socially and environmentally responsible behaviour.

Vol 3 - THE PLASTIC SOUP

Through the visualization of the current situation, the activity aims to promote awareness on the issue of plastic pollution in the world and the degree of responsibility of human beings for it. At the same time, the activity aims to develop both the ability to grasp the interdependencies underlying major global issues and the ability to examine a problem through different geographical scales (transcalarity).