Ch 40: History of Mesopotamia - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Review this chapter to learn more about the history of Mesopotamia to help you prepare for the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam. These lessons will detail significant empires and the development of the region.

History of Mesopotamia: MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

This chapter will aid you in your studies for the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam by describing the history of Mesopotamia. These lessons will address the following aspects of Mesopotamia:

  • The Fertile Crescent
  • Babylonian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Hittite, Sumerian, Hurrian, and Neo-Babylonian empires
  • Development of city-states
  • Hammurabi's Code and the creation of laws
  • Polytheism versus monotheism

Each lesson is presented as a brief video that is led by an expert instructor. These lessons are all accompanied by full transcripts that highlight key vocabulary terms to help guide you in your studies. You may skip to any point in the lessons by utilizing the timeline feature located underneath the videos.

History of Mesopotamia: MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam assesses your knowledge to determine your candidacy for licensure to teach related subjects in Massachusetts. Of the 100 multiple-choice questions on the exam, 24-26 will test your knowledge of history, including major developments throughout world history. The exam also has two essay assignments that cover all the test's content.

An understanding of the history of Mesopotamia and its influence on the world will help you answer any relative questions on the exam. Studying this chapter thoroughly and taking the practice quizzes will equip you with the knowledge and confidence necessary to succeed on this portion of the exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 40: History of Mesopotamia - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

1. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

The Four Empires of Mesopotamia

2. The Four Empires of Mesopotamia

Whereas a number of dynasties ruled Egypt, it was often completely different cultures to rule Mesopotamia. This lesson looks at four of those cultures that were able to build empires.

The Rise of Sumerian City-States

3. 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.

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

4. 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

5. 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.

What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?

6. What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?

There have been many religions throughout human history, and each one has had a unique set of beliefs. In this lesson, we're going to look at the two main categories into which most of the world's religions fit and then compare them to each other.

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