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Ch 4: Early Empires in the Near East & Asia

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This chapter provides an overview of the early empires in the Near East and Asia. The lessons cover topics such as the geography and first settlements of China; the Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han dynasties; and the Mauryan empire.

Early Empires in the Near East & Asia - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you renew your knowledge of the goods and ideas crossing China on the Silk Road, the building of the Great Wall, and the first unification of India. The concise video lessons also provide the essential information of the leaders of the Gupta Dynasty in India. At the conclusions of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the geography and early settlement of China
  • Describe Shang & Zhou dynasties
  • Explain the Qin dynasty's role in the building of the Great Wall
  • Summarize the characteristics and leaders of the Han dynasty
  • State the rulers and edicts of the Mauryan empire in India
  • Discuss King Ashoka and the first unification of India
  • Describe the Gupta dynasty in India and its leaders

The lessons can help to simplify these social studies topic and increase your knowledge for early Indian and China empires. You will have access to video lessons, text transcripts, and self-assessment quizzes as you study. The Dashboard is an excellent tool to help you with tracking your progress in the chapter and the entire course.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Early Empires in the Near East & Asia
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Geography & Early Settlement of China

1. Geography & Early Settlement of China

In this lesson, you will discover how the geography of China influenced early settlement and the creation of the first Chinese societies. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

2. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

3. The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

In this lesson, we will explore the short-lived but powerful Qin Dynasty of China. We will examine the dynasty's founding, life under Qin rule, the Qin legacy, and the downfall of the Qin.

The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

4. The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

In this lesson, we will explore China's Han dynasty. We will discover the ups and downs of its history and learn about some of its major characteristics and accomplishments.

What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

5. What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the famous Silk Roads that connected civilizations as far apart as Persia, Greece, and China. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

6. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

King Ashoka & the First Unification of India

7. King Ashoka & the First Unification of India

While often thought of as one of the most peaceful kings in history, Ashoka had a bloodthirsty past and a family heritage to match. Learn more about this king and his influence on Buddhism.

The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

8. The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

In this lesson, we will explore India's Gupta dynasty. We will learn about its founding and expansion, discover the achievements of its people, and examine its decline and disappearance.

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