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Ch 4: McDougal Littell World History Chapter 4: First Age of Empires, 1570 B.C.-200 B.C.

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The First Age of Empires, 1570 B.C.-200 B.C. chapter of this McDougal Littell World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with early empires. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the First Age of Empires, 1570 B.C.-200 B.C. textbook chapter.

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Students Will Learn:

  • What made Egypt the leading Bronze Age society
  • How the Kushites conquered Egypt
  • The achievements of Meroe
  • Great Iron Age empires
  • Rise and fall of the Assyrian Empire
  • Government structure in ancient Persia
  • Beliefs of Zoroastrianism
  • Confucianism's teachings on family and society
  • Achievements of China's Qin Dynasty, including the Great Wall

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9 Lessons in Chapter 4: McDougal Littell World History Chapter 4: First Age of Empires, 1570 B.C.-200 B.C.
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Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

1. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.

The Kushite Conquest of Egypt

2. The Kushite Conquest of Egypt

The Kush were able to not only maintain their independence from Egypt, but also conquer their northern neighbor for a period of several decades. However, the Egyptians seem to have barely noticed.

The Age of Meroe & its Achievements

3. The Age of Meroe & its Achievements

Often swept to the sidelines of Egyptian history, Meroƫ has a history rich in trade, innovative government, and metalworking. Just as importantly, it took centuries for anyone to conquer Meroƫ.

Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

4. Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

This lesson is a survey of the three empires that emerged after the Bronze Age collapse. Parts of the survey are viewed from the perspective of the Israelites, who found themselves the playthings of powerful empires. The lecture focuses on a few specific rulers and their impact on their empires. It also traces patterns of imperial tactics throughout this period and region.

Assyrian Empire: Military Strength, Feats & Decline

5. 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.

Features of the Ancient Persian Government

6. Features of the Ancient Persian Government

The Persians ruled one of the largest empires in ancient history, and did so in a way that largely kept its inhabitants content. This was accomplished through a surprising array of administrative techniques.

Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History

7. Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History

Major religions, like Christianity and Islam, have been popular since ancient times, but what religion was popular before these belief systems developed? This lesson explores the beliefs of Zoroastrians, one of the earliest forms of organized religion.

Confucius' Ideas on Family & Society

8. Confucius' Ideas on Family & Society

In this lesson, you will explore the foundational principles of the Chinese philosophy Confucianism and discover how family relationships influenced emperors. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

9. The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

In this lesson, we will explore the short-lived but powerful Qin Dynasty of China. We will examine the dynasty's founding, life under Qin rule, the Qin legacy, and the downfall of the Qin.

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