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Ch 7: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Asia, Africa & America

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Learn about Asia, Africa and America in this chapter of the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam study guide. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes teach you all you need to know about social studies in preparation for the OAE exam.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Asia, Africa & America - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter explore Asia, Africa and America, including Chinese dynasties, Japan, and India. African cultures, the trans-Saharan caravan trade, and trade networks in the middle ages are also discussed. Additionally, by the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • The important Chinese dynasties
  • Early Japanese civilization
  • Early dynasties and religions of India
  • Early African cultures
  • Trade routes during the Middle Ages
  • The Columbian Exchange, global trade and mercantilism
  • Mayan civilization
  • The Aztecs
  • The Inca civilization and Pizarro

Short, engaging video lessons thoroughly explain each subject, and knowledgeable instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. Self-assessment quizzes ensure your full understanding and retention of the material. Visit your dashboard to track your progress through the course.

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Asia, Africa & America
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Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

1. Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

In this lesson, we explore three important Chinese dynasties of the Middle Ages: the T'ang, the Song, and the Ming, which all ruled for a few hundred years each between the 7th and 17th centuries C.E.

Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers

2. Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers

In this lesson, we explore the Middle Ages in Japan, from the classical era of imperial Japan to the feudal era of intermittent and regional warfare that followed it.

India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

3. India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

In this lesson, we explore the rise and decline of two of the more powerful dynasties that were present in the Indian subcontinent during the Middle Ages.

African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

4. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.

The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

5. The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

This lesson explains the history of the trans-Saharan caravan trade. We highlight the Berbers, the role of the camel, and the introduction of Islam to West Africa.

Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes

6. Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes

In this lesson, we explore several of the more important trade networks during the Middle Ages, from the Silk Road across Central Asia to the gold trade across the Sahara.

The Columbian Exchange, Global Trade & Mercantilism

7. The Columbian Exchange, Global Trade & Mercantilism

Along with opening up two new continents, the discovery of the Americas opened up brand new trade routes reaching around the world, with goods from every place imaginable, and the money to make it all happen.

Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

8. Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico and Central America. A rich and culturally-vibrant civilization, its sudden disappearance from the annals of history have puzzled scholars for years.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

9. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

10. 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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