World History Homework Three Answers - Student Two

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World History – Homework Three – Joe B

1. To me, Classical India is a more intriguing subject of study than Classical China. The self-preserving nature of the Indian religion and companion political structure assist India to particularly stand out in the context of ancient history. The flexibility of doctrine, accompanied by the inflexible bulwark of the Caste System, has enabled Hinduism to survive well past the average lifespan of most pagan religions.

It's a powerful combination in Hinduism, and your term "bulwark" is apt. Well done.

2. Despite the fact that Hinduism is a forever renewing and self-preserving religion, it is not known for brilliant exploits in the field of evangelization. The same traits that when viewed in an introverted sense make for a durable religion become a considerably less impressive when viewed in a more extroverted capacity. Whereas as elasticity in doctrine might be compelling in self-defense, it is a far less forceful concept when applied in an assertive fashion. Moreover, the Caste System is not exactly a good selling point for use on potential converts.

Terrific analysis.

3. This is the Yin and Yang symbol. The sides represented, Yin and Yang, denote a philosophically observed concept of a dualistic quality in nature. Contrary to the Western perception of struggle, Yin and Yang are actually indicative of the harmony between the intertwined forces of nature: Yin is to Yang, as feminine is to masculine, as dark is to light, and so forth.


4. Numerous aspects of the Hindu religion have served remarkably in facilitating its survival, two points coming immediately to mind. First, the flexibility of Hindu doctrine naturally tends to diminish the effects of foreign persuasion as it ultimately just adopts whatever religious concepts it encounters and incorporates them into itself seamlessly. Second, the idea of the Caste System, particularly in relation to reincarnation, has the ability to keep not only itself alive but a certain class of people in power, whereby including a self-serving incentive to those who uphold it. The religious system is so nearly flawless in both planning and execution that it has had a firm grip on India ever since its first implementation several millennia ago.

Excellent. May use as a model!

5. Though I am perhaps too ill-acquainted with the insights of Sun Tzu to have a favorite, one that is especially interesting goes as follows: “Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.” Aside from the obvious militaristic meaning behind the idea, the social implication is equally gripping. The idea is simple, but the message is shrewd: those who possess the appropriate incentive will respond with success.


6. The chronology of the empires of ancient China is as follows. The Shang Dynasty from about 1766-1122 B.C., the Zhou Dynasty from 1027-221 B.C., the Qin Dynasty from 220-205 B.C., and the Han Dynasty from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D. After a period of regional governments China was reunited once again in 589 A.D. under the Sui Dynasty.


7. (A) Supposing I did hear of such plans, my view would probably be one of relative indifference. I could potentially be angry, but only if the location were exclusively reserved for use by the Muslim community. If by “adjacent mosque” is meant “instead of a Christian one” then the situation could potentially digress, but I personally believe that so long as the mosque is adjacent to rather than inclusive of the site than I have no objection. However, under no circumstance do I believe the actual location should be reserved solely for Muslim occupation and use.

Good, but I'm wondering how private property factors into this. If someone else owns the property, couldn't they make it exclusive for their own use? Christianity is not as tied to land as other religions other, but it still seems to matter. It's a perplexing issue for me.
Well done! 70/70. Perfect!