A Diverse World
Diversity can be considered the root of all histories.
Differences among peoples and cultures has often caused
conflict. Not seeing another's point of view can have
drastic consequences at the global level. Diversity can
also be used for positive ends.
Mohandas K. Gandhi once
said, “Even differences prove helpful, where there are
tolerance, charity, and truth.” Many feel that
differences should be shunned and reviled. However, it
is the great diversity among the many peoples of the world
that makes history so interesting. It is a great irony
that there are those who desire uniqueness and then attempt to
avoid or even lash out at anything that is different. It
may be that all people and cultures want to be unique.
If this is true, then it is the very diversity of the world
that brings us all together.
This site will explore historical episodes in which diversity
plays a key role. The approach will primarily be through
comparison and contrast, which is typically a component of
essay questions. The pages of this site range from the
very specific to the very general. For example,
and people are often diverse because of the geography of a
certain place. Cultures will develop differently if a
mountain range separates them. The
Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America will be studied as an
overview. Also, despite distances and geographical
features, cultures and
civilizations have many common
characteristics as well as differences. The many empires
of the world will be compared and contrasted. Next, religious
diversity within and without cultures has been the
catalyst of many important historical events which has had a
direct impact on today's world. Finally, an overview of
the role of women throughout history will be provided.
This will include specific historical figures as well as the
impact of and on entire groups.
This site is designed to aid students in the concept of
diversity throughout human history. This site should be
used in preparation for the New York State Regents Exam in
Global History and Geography. In addition, students may
test their knowledge of the material presented here by
accessing multiple-choice questions from past Regents