Ch 13: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 13: New Empires

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The New Empires chapter of this Harcourt Social Studies - World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with empire creation. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the New Empires textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the Harcourt New Empires chapter with which you need help.
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Students will learn:

  • The Byzantine empire and establishment of Constantinople
  • Conflict between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches
  • Mohammed and Islam
  • The Five Pillars of Islam
  • Early African Muslim states
  • Muslim scientific, artistic, literary and medical accomplishments
  • The Mongol Empire and Mongolian contributions to the West

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9 Lessons in Chapter 13: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 13: New Empires
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The Development of the Byzantine Empire

1. The Development of the Byzantine Empire

The word 'byzantine' is often used to mean something worthy of a spy movie. Learn more about the empire that earned every bit of that word, and how it lasted for more than a thousand years in this lesson.

Byzantine vs. Rome: Eastern Orthodox & Roman Catholic

2. Byzantine vs. Rome: Eastern Orthodox & Roman Catholic

The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches developed largely in the same places as the Western Roman and Eastern Roman (or Byzantine) Empires. Coincidence? This lesson answers that question.

The Establishment of Constantinople

3. The Establishment of Constantinople

Constantinople may have existed before Constantine, but it was that emperor who made the city one of the most important in the world. From the 300s until today, Constantinople (now called Istanbul) has been the center of much trade and power.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

4. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

5. Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the world's second largest faith. They are characterized by a simplicity that encourages peaceful cooperation between people, which is one reason for the religion's widespread devotion. This lesson will detail each of the five and show how they relate to the daily lives of practicing Muslims.

The Rise of Muslim States in Africa

6. The Rise of Muslim States in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of Islam in Africa and discover how Muslim states grew in size and power. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

7. Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258 CE) oversaw the Golden Age of Islam. Learn about the accomplishments of Muslim scholars in art, literature, science, medicine and mathematics during this time.

The Mongol Empire & Dynasty in China

8. The Mongol Empire & Dynasty in China

The Mongol Empire was the second-largest empire in history, and the largest ever seen up until its time. This lesson explains how the Mongols were able to conquer China, as well as innovations that allowed them to conquer other regions, before concluding with a discussion on the Yuan Dynasty.

Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

9. Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

This lesson covers the contributions of the Mongols to Western civilization. We begin by examining the tale of Marco Polo. Next, we look at some common misconceptions about the Mongols. Finally, we enumerate the many technologies brought to Europe by this group.

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