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Ch 12: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Beginnings of Human Society

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You can study the beginnings of human society with the lessons in this chapter. All of these lessons will go over information you'll need to know prior to taking the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content exam.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Beginnings of Human Society - Chapter Summary

The MEGA Social Science Multi-Content examination will test you on several different topics within the fields of history and social science. One of these topics is the beginning of human society, which you can study with the lessons found in the chapter. Each of the lessons will go over a subtopic you might be assessed on during the exam, such as:

  • Bronze Age Egypt
  • Ramses the Great
  • The Kush Civilization
  • The Neo-Babylonians and Neo-Assyrians
  • The Persian Empire and the Mauryan Empire
  • Early Chinese civilization
  • The African Ghana Empire
  • Mesoamerican and Pre-Columbian civilizations
  • The origins of the Mayan civilization
  • The Incan Empire

You'll find the MEGA exam much easier if you go over this study guide beforehand. The video lessons and quizzes in this chapter will prepare you for specific questions on the history of human society that will prove invaluable come test day.

12 Lessons in Chapter 12: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Beginnings of Human Society
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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.

Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

2. Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

While the pharaohs of Egypt may have ruled the land along the Nile for thousands of years throughout many dynasties, two names deserve special recognition as perhaps the greatest rulers. Learn more about Ramses the Great and Hatshepsut.

What Is the Kush Civilization?

3. What Is the Kush Civilization?

While they may not get all the attention of other Egyptian neighbors, such as the Persians or Hittites, the Kush were a major factor in many of Egypt's decisions, both regarding trade and warfare. Learn about the Kush in this lesson.

The Neo-Babylonian & Neo-Assyrian Empires

4. 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.

History of the Persian Empire

5. History of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire has all the great aspects of an amazing story - an unlikely rise to power against an evil king, a ruler who is beloved by his people, and a military that was centuries ahead of its time.

The Growth of the Maurya Empire

6. The Growth of the Maurya Empire

Almost immediately following the collapse of Alexander the Great's empire, the Mauryan Empire stretched from the limits of Alexander's frontiers well into the southernmost parts of India. Learn more about the Mauryan Empire in this lesson.

Early Chinese Civilization in the Huang-He River Valley

7. Early Chinese Civilization in the Huang-He River Valley

Although Chinese civilization developed along rivers much like cultures in Mesopotamia and Egypt, the idea of royal power took a completely different direction. Learn how the Mandate of Heaven ruled all in Ancient China.

The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE)

8. The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE)

This lesson explores the Ghana Empire of West Africa. In doing so, it highlights the gold and salt trade of the region, which made the empire wealthy. It also discusses the importance of iron smelting and taxation.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

9. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.

The Rise of the Maya Civilization

10. The Rise of the Maya Civilization

In this lesson, you will explore the origins of the great Maya civilization that developed in Central America. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

11. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

12. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.

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