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Ch 20: Global Political History

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Examine significant events, eras and connections between ancient and medieval political history and the world as it is today. Use these lessons to expand your knowledge of how democratic thought originated and developed.

Global Political History - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will study global politics from ancient times to modern, focusing on key movements, important themes and significant events. You will examine how feudal societies imposed order in a chaotic time, and trace the beginnings of American democratic thought from England's medieval period and beyond. In these lessons, you will read about the:

  • Eras in world history from 8000 B.C.E to the present
  • Origin and development of Greek democracy
  • Feudalism's impact on civic order in Europe
  • Beginnings of judicial procedure and democratic practices in medieval England
  • Development of democratic thought from the Magna Carta to the U.S. Declaration of Independence

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5 Lessons in Chapter 20: Global Political History
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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.

The Development of Democracy in Greece

2. The Development of Democracy in Greece

In the 6th century BCE, Athenian Greeks developed the first system of democracy. Those three governing bodies made up of citizens would set the foundation for representative governance to come.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

3. 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.

Medieval England's Impact on Modern Democratic Thought

4. Medieval England's Impact on Modern Democratic Thought

Going back almost a thousand years, the English have had an enormous impact on the democratic ideals we value today. Learn how the English were among the first to use trial by jury and many other democratic practices.

From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence

5. From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence

In this lesson, we will trace the legacy of democratic ideals from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence. We will highlight the key developments of democracy throughout the Medieval period and into the modern age.

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