How should we contextualize in the first period in case of a question that is asked in 1200-1450?
You can provide world historical context to what happened “just before” 1200 (if the question is from that first unit). So, figure anything about the spread of the land-based empires would be fair game (spread of Islam / Islamic empires, spread of the Mongols)
The cram is going over information that would be really helpful for this very subject right now! Basically, when you contextualize your argument, I’m a fan of keeping it between 50-150 years before the time period of your argument. In WHAP that’s pretty much what we think of as “Just before the time period”. Make sure you have at least a general idea of what was going on before 1200! Good luck!