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Ch 3: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 3: The Tigris & Euphrates Valley

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The Tigris & Euphrates Valley chapter of this Harcourt Social Studies - World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with these areas of early civilization. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Tigris & Euphrates Valley textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the Harcourt Tigris & Euphrates Valley chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
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  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
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Students will learn:

  • Sumerian city-states, art and architecture
  • The Old and Neo-Sumerian periods
  • Sargon of Akkad
  • Sumerian descendents
  • Hammurabi's Code
  • Assyrian Empire military prowess, art and architecture
  • The Neo-Babylonian and Neo-Assyrian empires

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10 Lessons in Chapter 3: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 3: The Tigris & Euphrates Valley
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The Rise of Sumerian City-States

1. The Rise of Sumerian City-States

Before the great empires of Assyria and Babylon, many small city-states, such as Sumer and Ur, existed throughout Mesopotamia. This lesson takes a look at their societies and how they interacted.

Sumerian Art and Architecture

2. Sumerian Art and Architecture

This lesson explores the artwork of one of the earliest civilizations: the Sumerians. Sumerians created beautiful works of art that inspired other cultures for centuries after their decline.

Old Sumerian Period: Wars & Expansion

3. Old Sumerian Period: Wars & Expansion

In this lesson, we explore the Old Sumerian Period, a period of Mesopotamian history where the growth of prosperous city-states led to intermittent periods of warfare.

Neo-Sumerian Period: Lifestyle, Peace & Prosperity

4. Neo-Sumerian Period: Lifestyle, Peace & Prosperity

In this lesson, we explore the Neo-Sumerian Period, a relatively short period in Sumerian history but one of immense economic and cultural growth and prosperity.

Sargon of Akkad: Definition & Facts

5. Sargon of Akkad: Definition & Facts

In this lesson, we will explore the culture and history of the ancient Akkadians. We will also examine the first empire in history created by the Akkadian ruler Sargon of Akkad, or Sargon the Great.

Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

6. Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

This lecture covers the history of Mesopotamia from the disintegration of the Sumerian Empire to the great Bronze Age collapse. We'll explore the destructive force of the Elamites and the Hittites as well as the imperial ambitions of the Babylonians, the Mittani and the Assyrians.

Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

7. Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

This lecture discusses the need for law and the benefits of a judicial system. Next, it reviews the history of early law codes, like those of Ur-Nammu and Hammurabi. Finally, we look at the implications of law for kings.

Assyrian Empire: Military Strength, Feats & Decline

8. Assyrian Empire: Military Strength, Feats & Decline

The Assyrians rightfully earned their reputation as ferocious in battle, but their success was possible only because of their developments in warfare. Also, the Assyrians helped to create cultural change in Mesopotamia that is still felt today.

Assyrian Art and Architecture

9. Assyrian Art and Architecture

This lesson explores the unique characteristics of a fierce and violent culture: the Assyrians. The Assyrians were a warrior culture living in ancient Mesopotamia who used art and architecture to display their power.

The Neo-Babylonian & Neo-Assyrian Empires

10. The Neo-Babylonian & Neo-Assyrian Empires

With the arrival of iron, the political landscape of Mesopotamia would change forever. Learn how a metal changed the course of history for the Neo-Assyrians and the Neo-Babylonians in this lesson.

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