Ch 1: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Prologue: Connecting With Past Ideas

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The Prologue: Connecting with Past Ideas chapter of this McDougal Littell Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential world history lessons of early political systems and cultural movements. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Prologue: Connecting with Past Ideas textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Ancient Greece's governments and city-states
  • Types of government
  • Athenian democracy
  • The Delian League and Athenian Golden Age
  • Advent of philosophy
  • The rise, creation and political structure of the Roman Republic
  • Branches of Roman law
  • Monotheistic religions
  • History and beliefs of Judaism
  • Persecution of Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire
  • The founding and spread of Islam
  • Major events of the Renaissance and the English Reformation
  • Impact of the Magna Carta and the Constitution of Clarendon
  • Creation of Parliament
  • Significance of the Glorious Revolution of 1688
  • Enlightenment thinkers and influences
  • Causes of the American Revolution and formation of the American legal system
  • Major events of the French Revolution
  • Repercussions of World War II

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25 Lessons in Chapter 1: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Prologue: Connecting With Past Ideas
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Greek City-States and Governments

1. Greek City-States and Governments

This is a lecture about Greek city states. It begins with an examination of the influence geography had on Greek politics, by comparing Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia. This is followed by a loose characterization of Greek poleis in general, with specific attention paid to constitutions, colonialism and competition.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

2. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.

Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

3. Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

Although Athens is remembered for creating the first democracy, it took many years and multiple leaders to develop the system we think of today. Learn about who took control, what reforms they made and how the people revolted against the old system.

Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

4. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

5. The Birth of Philosophy: The Presocratics

This lecture covers the advent of philosophy. It first differentiates philosophy from religion, drawing parallels to modern science. It then establishes the basic questions of Presocratic philosophy: What is matter? and What causes change? The rest of the lecture demonstrates how these questions developed as they were tackled by generations of Presocratic philosophers. Finally, it makes plain our incredible debt to the Presocratics.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

6. Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

This lesson explains the rise of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the Etruscan kings. It cites location, military strategy, and a well-formed political structure as reasons for the Republic's rise.

Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

7. Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

This lesson covers the formation of the Roman Republic. We start by identifying the underlying causes of the Republican revolution. We then examine how the Romans instituted and expanded upon their system of checks and balances, starting with patrician assemblies and ending with the Plebeian Council.

The Political Structure of the Roman Republic

8. The Political Structure of the Roman Republic

This lesson explains the political structure of the Roman Republic by highlighting the importance of social class within the system. It also explains the roles and positions of the Consuls, the Senate, and the Assembly.

Roman Law and the Pax Romana: Definition, Meaning & History

9. Roman Law and the Pax Romana: Definition, Meaning & History

This lesson examines Roman law, following its development over time. Next, we briefly explore the three branches of Roman law. Finally, we look at how the spread of Roman law led to an era of Roman peace known as the Pax Romana.

Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

10. Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

In this lesson, we define monotheism and identify three significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We also discuss the ideology of each of these three religions.

The Jewish Belief System: Description, Elements & History

11. The Jewish Belief System: Description, Elements & History

This lesson will explore the ancient religion of Judaism, the faith of the Jewish people. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of monotheism, Yahweh's covenant with Abraham and the Jewish texts of law.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

12. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

13. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

14. The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

After the death of Mohammed, Islam continued to spread through Arabia, the Middle East and Africa. This lesson is an overview of Islam's progress from the faith of Mecca to a faith for all the world.

The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

15. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

The English Reformation: History and Timeline

16. The English Reformation: History and Timeline

In this lesson, we will examine the English Reformation of the 16th century. Using a timeline, we will explore its motivations, major leaders, and development.

The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

17. The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

In the High Middle Ages, rulers fought for supreme power. This lesson explores two of the earliest documents to limit power of an authority figure, whether it was the pope or a king.

The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

18. The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

This lesson will focus on the rise of monarchies during the Renaissance, highlighting the interactions of these monarchies with the church and the aristocracy.

The Glorious Revolution of 1688: Events and Significance

19. The Glorious Revolution of 1688: Events and Significance

In this lesson, we will examine the causes, events, and effects of England's Glorious Revolution of 1688, in which King James II was overthrown by William of Orange and his allies in the English Parliament.

The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

20. The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

In this lesson, we discuss the varied and diverse 18th-century intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. In addition to exploring its background and nature, we highlight several of the era's chief philosophers and their ideas.

The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

21. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.

Causes of the American Revolution: Events & Turning Points

22. Causes of the American Revolution: Events & Turning Points

In this lesson, we explore the causes and the initial battles of the American Revolution, from the end of the French and Indian War up until the Declaration of Independence in July, 1776.

Development of American Law After the American Revolution

23. Development of American Law After the American Revolution

The patriot movement and American Revolution generated the democratic government known in the United States today. This lesson discusses the process of creating the new nation through innovative laws.

The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

24. The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

In this lesson, we will learn about the French Revolution. We will examine the causes of the French Revolution and highlight the key themes and events associated with it.

WWII Aftermath & the Creation of the United Nations

25. WWII Aftermath & the Creation of the United Nations

In this lesson, we will look at the aftermath of the Second World War and the formation of the United Nations. We will identify why the United Nations was created and explore the organization's function and structure in the post-war world.

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