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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a prehistory unit of a standard global history and geography course. Topics covered include:
- The Last Ice Age
- Neolithic agriculture
- Early hierarchical structures
- The establishment of cities
- Empire creation
- Nomadic pastoralism
1. 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.
2. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications
A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?
3. Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History
This lesson will explore society's need for hierarchies, as well as kinship as a basis of hierarchical structures. Various forms of hierarchy will be briefly explored and...spoiler alert...they all come back to kinship.
4. Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess
What kind of problems do we encounter when talking about ancient religions? What are the Mother Goddess figures, and where do they pop up throughout history? Watch this lesson to learn about one of the earliest forms of religious worship.
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?
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Hierarchies: Definition & Explanation
In this lesson we explore the term hierarchies. Hierarchies are present everywhere, in the societies of the past and present, and understanding what they are and how they work can help us gain a better understanding of history.
11. Hunter Gatherer: Definition, History & Facts
In this lesson, we explore hunter-gatherer societies of the past and present. This was humankind's way of life for millennia, but only a few hunter-gatherer societies still exist today.
12. Neolithic Period: Art, Timeline & Facts
Explore the definition and characteristics of the Neolithic Period, and test your understanding about the ancient world and the development of human civilization.
13. Prehistoric Art: History & Explanation
Prehistoric art is often depicted as crude, as are the artists. Modern day research is dispelling that fact. In this lesson, learn the facts about prehistoric art and the peoples who created it.
14. Proto-Indo-European Language: Roots & Explanation
In this lesson, we will explore the Indo-European family of languages. Scholars have long wondered whether most languages in Europe, the Middle East and India actually descended from a common ancestral language, an Indo-European proto-language.
15. The Bronze Age Collapse: History & Concept
In this lesson we explore the Bronze Age Collapse, one of the most tumultuous time periods in ancient history. Characterized by a fast and marked decrease in urban life, the Collapse set many civilizations back several centuries.
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