Ch 5: Ancient China, Africa, India & Americas

About This Chapter

Study the history of ancient China, Africa, India and the Americas in this chapter. You'll have the chance to refresh your understanding of the societies, religions and cultures that flourished in ancient times.

Ancient China, Africa, India & Americas - Chapter Summary

Prepare to increase what you know about ancient China, Africa, India and the Americas. You can use this chapter to learn more about the societies that developed in these locations, including their beliefs and cultures. Our text and video lessons will help you discover more about:

  • India and the Mauryan Empire
  • Early Confucianism and Confucianism in Japan and Korea
  • The dynastic cycle and the Han dynasty in China
  • Taoism in Korea
  • The Bantu people and ancient West Africa
  • Chavin, Inca, Mayan and Aztec civilizations

These rich and varied cultures are discussed through short, engaging lessons. We include important vocabulary words related to these civilizations throughout this chapter. You can assess your understanding of these societies by completing the interactive quizzes that accompany each lesson.

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: Ancient China, Africa, India & Americas
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The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

1. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

2. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.

The Dynastic Cycle in China

3. The Dynastic Cycle in China

The dynastic cycle in China was determined by the Mandate of Heaven. Learn what the Mandate of Heaven was and discover its relationship to the ruling family as you go through this lesson.

The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

4. The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

In this lesson, we will explore China's Han dynasty. We will discover the ups and downs of its history and learn about some of its major characteristics and accomplishments.

Korean Taoism: History, Influence & Expansion

5. Korean Taoism: History, Influence & Expansion

This lesson will focus on Taoism's influence in the country of Korea. In doing so, it will highlight its arrival from China and the phases of popularity and decline it went through. It will also discuss the concept of internal alchemy and the Elixir of Immortality.

The Confucianism of Japan and Korea

6. The Confucianism of Japan and Korea

This lesson will focus on the Confucianism of Korea and Japan. In doing so, it will highlight the importance of the Five Key Relationships and filial piety. It will also explore the role feudalism played in the development of Japanese Confucianism.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

7. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

Ancient Andean Peoples: Chavin & Inca

8. Ancient Andean Peoples: Chavin & Inca

In this lesson, we will explore the Chavin and Inca civilizations of South America. We will study the rise and fall of these two cultures, as well as their major characteristics.

Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

9. Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico and Central America. A rich and culturally-vibrant civilization, its sudden disappearance from the annals of history have puzzled scholars for years.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

10. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

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