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Ch 14: Early African & Middle Eastern Civilizations

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The video lessons included in this chapter go over different topics on the early civilizations of Africa and the Middle East. Get facts about each civilization, its history and its historical significance.

Early African & Middle Eastern Civilizations - Chapter Summary

If you are interested in studying world history, it's a good idea to start with learning about the earliest civilizations from Africa and the Middle East. This chapter contains several video lessons that will provide you with comprehensive overviews of many of these civilizations and their place in world history.

Each of these lessons will offer you thorough accounts of each of these civilizations and their specific historical origins. You will also learn about their economic and political developments, their cultures and their significance upon the history of the rest of the world. Specific topics you will learn about in this chapter include:

  • Cultures of Ghana, Mali and Songhai
  • Ancient West Africa
  • Great Zimbabwe and the Gold Trade of South Africa
  • The Fertile Crescent
  • Ancient Mesopotamia
  • The Achievements of the ancient Egyptians

These lessons are great study guides, in no small part because of the expertise of our lesson instructors. The chapter offers you the option of messaging the instructors directly, if you would like further clarification or information on a specific point. You can also use the chapter's practice quizzes and final exam to see how much you have understood about these topics once you complete the lessons.

10 Lessons in Chapter 14: Early African & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

1. 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.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

2. 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.

Society & Culture in Early Africa

3. Society & Culture in Early Africa

In this lesson, you will explore some of the many sort of societies and cultures that have existed in Africa across time. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

4. Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

In this lesson, you will explore the history of Southern Africa and the significance of major cities like Zimbabwe to ancient trade networks. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

5. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

Mesopotamia: The First Civilization

6. Mesopotamia: The First Civilization

In this lesson, we explore the beginning of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Mesopotamia. We specifically discuss the factors that encouraged settlement in the region.

Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

7. Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

This lecture discusses the need for law and the benefits of a judicial system. Next, it reviews the history of early law codes, like those of Ur-Nammu and Hammurabi. Finally, we look at the implications of law for kings.

Egyptian Achievements: Unification, Pyramids, Hieroglyphics & Calendar

8. Egyptian Achievements: Unification, Pyramids, Hieroglyphics & Calendar

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the major achievements of ancient Egypt, including its unification by King Menes, the pyramids, hieroglyphics, and the Egyptian calendar.

What Is the Kush Civilization?

9. What Is the Kush Civilization?

While they may not get all the attention of other Egyptian neighbors, such as the Persians or Hittites, the Kush were a major factor in many of Egypt's decisions, both regarding trade and warfare. Learn about the Kush in this lesson.

The Kush Civilization & Ancient Egypt

10. The Kush Civilization & Ancient Egypt

While Egypt interacted with many different cultures, its relationship with the Kush was one of the most unique in history. Learn how this civilization not only conquered Egypt for a period of time, but even built their own pyramids.

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