Ch 14: Formation of New Empires and Political Systems

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Learn about the beginnings of Asian and African empires as well as the movements within them through engaging video lessons. Explore the spread of religion across civilizations as well as the details of their economic and political systems.

Formation of New Empires and Political Systems - Chapter Summary

This chapter goes over the evolution of empires and civilizations in China, Mongolia, and Africa, detailing the nature of their beginnings and tracking political and cultural developments within them.

Lessons will cover the progress of economic systems and the role of religion in the rise of key historical civilizations. Technical advances, trade expeditions, as well as the connection between agricultural and population growth will round out your understanding of the empires discussed. By the time you're through with this chapter, you'll have reviewed:

  • History of the Mongols
  • Reunification and spread of Buddhism in the Tang dynasty
  • Agriculture, technology and commerce in Tang and Sung China
  • Confucianism in the Sung and Mongol periods
  • Expeditions in the Mongol rise and Ming dynasty
  • China's imperial class
  • Post-Classical African civilizations

Lessons in this chapter will guide you through these topics using easy-to-follow videos, taught by professional instructors, that will let you review key information without taking up too much of your time. If you want to go back or skip forward to a certain main point in the video, you can use the provided video tags to jump to it. Or, if you prefer learning through reading, use the transcript of the video included within each lesson. You can also double-check your understanding of the subjects discussed with self-assessment quizzes that you can take and re-take at your discretion.

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: Formation of New Empires and Political Systems
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The Mongols: Definition, History & Conquest

1. The Mongols: Definition, History & Conquest

Who are the Mongols? In this lesson we will look at the origins of the Mongols, the early life of Genghis Khan, their very first conquests, and examine what made them the most feared warriors of the 13th century.

Reunification of China in the Tang Dynasty

2. Reunification of China in the Tang Dynasty

In this lesson, you'll explore the complex period of reunification between two powerful dynasties in Chinese history as warlords fought each other for power. You'll discover exactly how the Tang Dynasty put China back together again. Test your understanding afterward with a brief quiz.

The Spread of Buddhism in Tang China

3. The Spread of Buddhism in Tang China

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the religious philosophy Buddhism in the Tang dynasty of Chinese history. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Agriculture, Technology & Commerce in Tang & Sung China

4. Agriculture, Technology & Commerce in Tang & Sung China

In this lesson, you'll explore the relationship between agriculture, technology, and commerce in two dynasties from Chinese history: the Tang and the Sung. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Confucianism in the Sung & Mongol Periods

5. Confucianism in the Sung & Mongol Periods

In this lesson, you will explore the influence of the Chinese philosophy Confucianism on two very different, but very important periods in Chinese history. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Trade & Maritime Expeditions in the Mongol Ascendancy & Ming Dynasty

6. Trade & Maritime Expeditions in the Mongol Ascendancy & Ming Dynasty

In this lesson, you will explore how China used international business to become a powerful empire at very different points in its history. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Imperial State & Scholar-Official Class in Middle Imperial China

7. The Imperial State & Scholar-Official Class in Middle Imperial China

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the Scholar-Official class in China and discover how education and government worked together to create a strong empire. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Post-Classical African Civilizations

8. Post-Classical African Civilizations

While Europe worked to crawl out of the chaos of the Dark Ages in the wake of Rome's collapse, a number of states arose in Africa that left a lasting impact upon the region and the world. In this lesson, we look at three of these empires.

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