About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP World History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about Asia, Africa and America between the 11th and 13th centuries. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of these continents. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about Asian dynasties, African cultures and native civilizations of the Americas.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and an Asia, Africa and America unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Asia, Africa & America Unit Objectives
- Learn the impact of the T'ang, Song and Ming Chinese dynasties.
- Understand the key rulers and reforms of Japan during the Middle Ages.
- Examine China's influence on Korea and Vietnam during the Middle Ages.
- Discover India's religions and dynasties during 1000-1300 CE.
- Explore the development of the Kush and Axum civilizations.
- Learn about Africa's Ghana, Mali and Songhai cultures.
- See what led to the Mayan culture's decline.
- Describe the Aztec and Inca empires of the Middle Ages.
- Examine key trade networks during the Middle Ages.
1. Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming
In this lesson, we explore three important Chinese dynasties of the Middle Ages: the T'ang, the Song, and the Ming, which all ruled for a few hundred years each between the 7th and 17th centuries C.E.
2. Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers
In this lesson, we explore the Middle Ages in Japan, from the classical era of imperial Japan to the feudal era of intermittent and regional warfare that followed it.
3. Vietnam & Korea (1000-1300 CE): Overview & Influences
In this lesson, we explore the history of two smaller Asian countries during the Middle Ages: Vietnam and Korea. We'll learn more about the dynasties that ruled each and the effect China had on both.
4. India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions
In this lesson, we explore the rise and decline of two of the more powerful dynasties that were present in the Indian subcontinent during the Middle Ages.
5. The Kush & Axum Civilizations on the Swahili Coast: Development & Interactions
In this lesson, we explore the rise and fall of two African kingdoms in East Africa, Kush and Axum, which were both established by utilizing their unique positions to exploit regional trade.
6. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.
7. Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept
For many years, archaeologists have studied the collapse of the Maya civilization. Learn the different theories archaeologists believe were responsible for the downfall of the Maya.
8. 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!
9. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America
The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.
10. The Incan Empire: History & Fall
If we look at 15th-century Mesoamerica, we see that the fastest growing empire of the time was the Incan Empire. The Inca created an elaborate society, which, before it fell to the Spanish, was the largest nation on Earth, and it remains the largest native state to have existed in the western hemisphere.
11. Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes
In this lesson, we explore several of the more important trade networks during the Middle Ages, from the Silk Road across Central Asia to the gold trade across the Sahara.
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