Battle of Taurs, keeps Islam out of Europe
Great Schism; first split in Christianity
William the Conquerer and Norman the Conquerer (unification of english govt.)
First crusade; Europe first contact with Arabs since Rome
End of Abbasid Calaphate; Tamerlane
1271- 1295 CE
Travels of Marco Polo; contact with China
Mansa Musa and the Kingdom of Mali (depresses the value of gold); Timbuktu becomes the intellectual center of the world
1325- 1349 CE
Travels of Ibn Battuta
Bubonic plague in Europe
Last of Zeng He explorations, begins Ming isolation
c. 1450 CE
Collapse of Byzantine and of Great Zimbabwe in E. Africa; european printing press is created
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