Ch 10: Early Civilizations & the Rise of Western Imperialism

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Early Civilizations & the Rise of Western Imperialism - Chapter Summary

If you are looking for a way to refresh your memory about early civilizations and the rise of Western Imperialism, take a closer look at the lessons in this chapter. These lessons provide a broad view of important moments in history, and the lessons are organized chronologically to help give you a better scope of these civilizations across history. By going through this chapter lesson by lesson, you should be able to:

  • Describe the empires of the Iron Age
  • Identify Greek governments and city-states
  • Analyze the rise of the Roman Republic and the Holy Roman Empire
  • Check out Julius Caesar and the fall of Rome
  • Define how stability was achieved through feudal ties and manors
  • Examine modern nation states and how they were formed
  • Explain a general timeline of the Renaissance
  • Point out the effects of the Reformation on the Catholic Church
  • Review aspects of England's Golden Age
  • Show the Latin crusades and the Islamic response
  • Differentiate the Old World from the New World
  • Establish practices of seaborne commerce, world mapping, and piracy

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14 Lessons in Chapter 10: Early Civilizations & the Rise of Western Imperialism
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Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

1. Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

This lesson is a survey of the three empires that emerged after the Bronze Age collapse. Parts of the survey are viewed from the perspective of the Israelites, who found themselves the playthings of powerful empires. The lecture focuses on a few specific rulers and their impact on their empires. It also traces patterns of imperial tactics throughout this period and region.

Greek City-States and Governments

2. Greek City-States and Governments

This is a lecture about Greek city states. It begins with an examination of the influence geography had on Greek politics, by comparing Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia. This is followed by a loose characterization of Greek poleis in general, with specific attention paid to constitutions, colonialism and competition.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

3. Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

This lesson explains the rise of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the Etruscan kings. It cites location, military strategy, and a well-formed political structure as reasons for the Republic's rise.

The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

4. The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

In this lesson, we will examine the Holy Roman Empire. We will learn about its development, explore its political institutions, meet its leaders, and study its last days.

Who was Julius Caesar? - Life & Assassination

5. Who was Julius Caesar? - Life & Assassination

In this lesson we will learn who Julius Caesar was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life, and his legacy. We will analyze the improvements he made to Rome and how that may have led ultimately to his assassination.

The Fall of Rome

6. The Fall of Rome

This lesson explains the gradual fall of Rome. In doing so, it highlights corruption, division, and outside invasion as the main reasons for the fall of the Eternal City.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

7. Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

This lesson will explore the impact of feudalism on European society. While explaining the system of feudalism, it will highlight how it offered protection and stability to Europe, specifically after the 5th century fall of Rome.

The Formation of Modern Nation States

8. The Formation of Modern Nation States

This lesson explains the formation of the modern nation-states. It will highlight how the decline of feudalism, as well as the decline in church power, helped bring about the modern nation-state. It will also feature several monarchs who ruled during these times.

The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

9. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

10. The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation challenged the beliefs of the Catholic Church. This lesson explores some of the differing beliefs among Protestant and Catholic reformers.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

11. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

The Islamic World's Response to the Latin Crusades

12. The Islamic World's Response to the Latin Crusades

Few in the Muslim world could have imagined that in 1095, a series of wars would start that would not only change their world, but continue to impact foreign relations almost a thousand years later.

The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

13. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

14. Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

This lesson will focus on the improvement of maps, the growth of seaborne commerce, and the piracy that occurred during the Age of Exploration. It will also highlight the famous Sea Dogs of England.

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