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Ch 48: Early Asian Civilization - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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This chapter on Early Asian Civilization covers everything you'll need to know on the subject when taking the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam, with professional instructors guiding you through each topic for efficient and effective learning.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: Early Asian Civilization - Chapter Summary

This chapter looks at key developments and influences in the early stages of Asian civilizations. After reviewing with this chapter, you'll be ready to tackle questions on the exam concerning:

  • The influence of Chinese civilization in east Asia
  • Innovations of the Sui, Tang and Song dynasties
  • The Mongol Empire
  • The rise of the early Japanese state
  • The emergence of the Korean culture
  • The land and people of southeast Asian civilizations
  • Islamic expansion and influence in India
  • Southeast Asia during the spice trade
  • Westernization of Japan during the Meiji era

You'll be able to check your understanding of each lesson's material with a practice quiz that you can print as a worksheet and use to study further offline. The quizzes provide quick-jumps back to parts of the lesson that deal with each of their questions, but you can also ask questions of our professional instructors if you find you're still struggling with any given topic.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: Early Asian Civilization Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy test assesses the knowledge of candidates seeking certification to teach this subject in Massachusetts. The computer-based exam is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response items that you'll have up to four hours to complete. The questions are divided into six subtests. This chapter will contribute to your readiness for the history subtest, which includes questions related to early developments of Asian civilizations. As a whole, the history subtest will amount to 20% of your overall exam score.

9 Lessons in Chapter 48: Early Asian Civilization - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Chinese Civilization's Influence in East Asia: Korea & Japan

1. Chinese Civilization's Influence in East Asia: Korea & Japan

China's influence on the cultures of its neighbors is impossible to overstate and nowhere is this more true than in Korea and Japan. That said, those two countries managed to still develop very distinctive cultures.

Innovations of the Sui, Tang & Song Dynasties of China

2. Innovations of the Sui, Tang & Song Dynasties of China

Many of the most famous innovations of Chinese history occurred during the years preceding the Mongol Conquest. Three dynasties, the Sui, Tang, and Song, ruled supreme during this period.

The Mongol Empire & Dynasty in China

3. The Mongol Empire & Dynasty in China

The Mongol Empire was the second-largest empire in history, and the largest ever seen up until its time. This lesson explains how the Mongols were able to conquer China, as well as innovations that allowed them to conquer other regions, before concluding with a discussion on the Yuan Dynasty.

The Rise of the Early Japanese State

4. The Rise of the Early Japanese State

With a relatively wide barrier of sea to separate them from any undesired outside influences, the Japanese are unique in that they were largely able to develop on their own. That said, there were surprising parallels between Japan and other parts of the world.

The Emergence of Korean Culture

5. The Emergence of Korean Culture

Despite being pressed against one of the most powerful cultures in history, the Koreans were able to keep their cultural identity and, more often than not, their political independence.

Southeast Asian Civilizations' Land & People

6. Southeast Asian Civilizations' Land & People

One of the first crossroads of the world, Southeast Asia may have been originally peopled by groups from China, but much of what would influence its numerous cultures came from India.

Islamic Expansion & Influence in India

7. Islamic Expansion & Influence in India

While Islam would never manage to convert more than a small percentage of India's population, it would have a considerable impact on the history of India, as well as the development of culture in the subcontinent.

Southeast Asia During the Spice Trade

8. Southeast Asia During the Spice Trade

Pirates, gold, and spicy food. The story of European involvement in Southeast Asia shows how the Portuguese inability to adapt, combined with the joint-stock companies of the Dutch, were able to change the face of Southeast Asia.

The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era

9. 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.

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