Ch 2: History Alive Chapter 2: Era Overview - Foundations of World History, Prehistory-300 C.E.

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The Era Overview - Foundations of World History, Prehistory-300 C.E. chapter of this History Alive! World Connections Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the early history of the world. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Era Overview - Foundations of World History, Prehistory-300 C.E. textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Major geographical regions of the world
  • Effects of geography and climate on civilizations
  • Prehistoric human movements
  • Last Ice Age
  • Population migrations and the Great Flood
  • Nomadic pastoralism
  • Invention of cities and tools of empire creation

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9 Lessons in Chapter 2: History Alive Chapter 2: Era Overview - Foundations of World History, Prehistory-300 C.E.
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The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

1. 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.

Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

2. Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between geography, climate, and civilization. We will learn why civilizations develop in particular regions and how this leads to lifestyle and cultural differences.

Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

3. Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

This lesson will seek to explain the theories concerning prehistoric human migration. In doing so, it will highlight the effects of the Ice Age on modern Homo sapiens and their migration into Eurasia and the rest of the globe.

The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

4. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

5. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?

Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

6. Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

This lecture examines the downsides and limits of settled agriculture and civilization. It then explores how 'civilized' forces are able to displace other systems. Horse people are introduced as a counterpoint to civilization and nomadic pastoralism as a successful alternative method of living. Finally it follows the conflict between nomadic pastoralists and settled agriculturalists throughout history.

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

7. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.

Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

8. Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

Learn some of the tools of the empire creation trade. In this video lesson, we'll explore the wall as a tough nut to be cracked, the strategic importance of roads and the advances made possible by bronze.

The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

9. The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

Horses were first used in warfare to pull chariots. Though horses were eventually ridden by cavalry, it was the chariot that first moved soldiers faster than man. In this lesson, you'll learn about the creation of the chariot, and its benefits during wartime.

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