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Ch 28: Asia & Africa in the 15th-18th Centuries

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Use these lessons to renew your knowledge of Asian and Africa during the 15th-18th centuries. You'll learn about major empires in Eurasia, conflicts in Japan and China, the westernization of Japan and the origins of the slave trade.

Asia & Africa in the 15th-18th Centuries - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons examine political events in African and Asia, including their interactions with Europe, from about 1400 to 1800. Our instructors will describe the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires, their leaders and conquests. Other lessons look at China and Japan during this period.

You'll learn more about African exploration and study the development and impact of the slave trade. After viewing these lessons, you should have a clearer understanding of topics including:

  • Three Eurasian empires of this period
  • The Ming and Qing dynasties of China
  • The Warring States period for China and Japan
  • Japan's westernization during the Meiji era
  • Portuguese and Dutch explorations in South Africa
  • The slave trade between Africa and the Americas

These entertaining lessons are developed and taught by expert instructors. Every video includes a multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess your learning and see where further review might be needed. If you have additional questions, you can contact the instructor for help.

6 Lessons in Chapter 28: Asia & Africa in the 15th-18th Centuries
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The Emergence of Three Empires in Eurasia: Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal

1. The Emergence of Three Empires in Eurasia: Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal

This lesson focuses on the Ottoman empire of Turkey, the Safavid Empire of Iran, and the Mughal Empire of India and Pakistan. It highlights the terms theocracy, ghazi, and God-ism.

China During the Ming & Qing Dynasties (1368-1911)

2. China During the Ming & Qing Dynasties (1368-1911)

The last two dynasties in Chinese history were the Ming and the Qing. Although quite different, they faced many of the same issues, and often the Qing copied the Ming, even in their mistakes.

The Warring States Period in Japan & China

3. The Warring States Period in Japan & China

In this lesson, read about the Warring States Period and the Tokugawa period of Japan, and the Ming and Qing dynasties in China, across the 15th to 18th centuries.

The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era

4. The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era

In this lesson, we explore the opening of Japan to Western trade by Commodore Matthew Perry in the mid-18th century. We'll then look at the ensuing westernization of the country in the Meiji period.

Portuguese & Dutch Exploration of South Africa

5. Portuguese & Dutch Exploration of South Africa

Why does South Africa have such a large ethnically European population? In this lesson we'll look at the roots of European heritage in South Africa and see how, when, and why European kingdoms first began exploring this southern region.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

6. The Transatlantic Slave Trade

From the 16th through the 19th century, the transatlantic slave trade linked Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Through the bondage of millions, the trade created unprecedented wealth for Europeans and contributed to their global rise.

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