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Ch 1: Foundational Concepts of World History

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Watch the Foundational Concepts of World History chapter's video lessons and learn about different civilizations and periods in world history. Use the quizzes that follow each of the lessons to help you gauge your understanding of the presented materials.

Foundational Concepts of World History - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The video lessons in the Foundational Concepts of World History chapter cover the events of major eras in history. In addition to learning about the development of various cultures and economic systems in history, you will explore different geographic regions and climates of the world. After you've completed this chapter, you could know more about:

  • The characteristics of a civilization
  • The regions of the world's oldest civilizations
  • Global integration and industrialization
  • The world's subregions

Video Objective
Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E. to the Present Learn details about the six major periods in world history.
What is a Civilization? - Definition and Common Elements Define civilization and explain the elements that make up a civilization.
Historical Change: Causes and Effects Determine the role of society in the occurrence of historical changes.
The World Map: Overview and Major Geographical Regions Explore the seven continents of the world as well as their climates and roles in history.
Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations Discover the correlation between civilizations, climate and geography.
Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures Study the effects of humans on the landscape and examine the technologies and tools they utilized as they built civilizations.
Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression and IndustrializationExplore the patterns by which history seems to repeat itself.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Foundational Concepts of World History
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

1. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

In this lesson, we will look at the six periods of world history. We will learn the defining characteristics of each and highlight the major themes associated with each period.

What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

2. What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

In this lesson, we will define the term civilization. We will identify the core characteristics of a civilization, and understand the function of civilizations in the context of historical development.

Historical Change: Causes and Effects

3. Historical Change: Causes and Effects

In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.

The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

4. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we're going to look at a basic overview of major world regions and see how they collectively create the world map.

Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures

5. Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures

This lesson will explore the concept of historic recurrence. In doing so, it will highlight recurring themes in history like the rise and fall of empires, the development of technology, economic trade, military conflict, and gender roles

Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

6. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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