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Content description VCHHK118

History / Levels 7 and 8 / Historical Knowledge / Middle Ages and early exploration
Content description
Perspectives of subject peoples and their interactions with power and/or authority of others
  1. Vikings Show elaborations
    • comparing different perspectives of monks, changes in the way of life of the English, and the Norman invasion
    • explaining the attacks on monasteries, for example Lindisfarne (793 CE) and Iona (795 CE) and reviewing the written accounts by monks that contributed to the Vikings' reputation for pillage and violence
    • explaining the survival of a heroic Iron Age society in Early Medieval Ireland, as described in the vernacular epics, and its transformation by the spread of Christianity; the influence of the Vikings; the Anglo-Norman conquest
    • investigating the remains of Viking settlements, for example, Dublin (Ireland) and Jorvik (York)
  2. Medieval Europe Show elaborations
    • investigating different types of crime and punishment, for example, trial by combat as a privilege granted to the nobility; being hanged, drawn and quartered as a punishment for heinous crimes such as treason, and the use of the ducking stool as a punishment for women
    • explaining the ways in which the nature of crime and punishment stayed the same or changed over time
  3. Ottoman Empire Show elaborations
    • discussing why the Ottoman Empire practiced religious tolerance
    • outlining the millet system that regarded non-Muslim people as subjects, but as not being subject to Muslim law
    • explaining the tolerance of the Ottomans towards Christians and Jews
  4. Angkor/Khmer Empire Show elaborations
    • evaluating the perspectives of Angkor trough stone carvings and the writings of the Chinese Ambassador Zhou Daguan, for example, in relation to fishing, trading in markets, temple construction
  5. Mongol Expansion Show elaborations
    • describing the way of life in Mongolia and its incorporation into Chinese life. For example agriculture (domestication of animals such as horses, camels and cattle); food (dried meat and yoghurt); and housing (yurts)
    • explaining the role of the Mongols in forging connections between Europe and Asia through conquest, settlement and trade, for example, the use of paper money and coinage; the growing number of European merchants travelling to China
  6. Japan under the Shoguns Show elaborations
    • examining extracts from Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book and extract points/quotes that explain what life was like for women
  7. Polynesian Expansion Show elaborations
    • examining artefacts such as Lapita pottery from Vanuatu or tapa cloth or ship building techniques to give insights into those societies
  8. Renaissance Italy Show elaborations
    • using primary sources to analyse the relationships between rulers and ruled in one Italian city-state such as Florence, Venice or Naples
  9. Spanish Conquest Show elaborations
    • using sources examine the nature of the interaction between the Spanish and the indigenous populations, with a particular focus on either the Aztecs or Incas
    • describing encounters between Hernan Cortes and the Aztecs, as well as the siege of Tenochtitlan
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