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Ch 1: Prehistory: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Prehistory chapter of this Western Civilization I Help and Review course is the simplest way to master prehistory concepts. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of prehistory.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Western Civilization material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of Western Civilization. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding prehistory events and figures.
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about prehistory
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review
  • Press play and watch the video lesson
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Prehistory chapter exam

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Prehistory chapter exam to be prepared
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any prehistory question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How did the last ice age open up new opportunities for humans?
  • What led to the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution?
  • How did devotees of the Early Mother Goddess and members of mystery cults worship?
  • Was there really a Great Flood?
  • How and when were the first cities established?
  • What evidence is there for the prehistoric horse and chariot?
  • How is nomadic pastoralism defined?

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Prehistory: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

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.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

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?

Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

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.

Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

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.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

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?

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

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.

Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

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.

The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

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.

Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

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.

Nomadic Lifestyle: Definition & Explanation

10. Nomadic Lifestyle: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, we explore the nomadic lifestyles of our ancestors and the cultures who still practice it today. Perhaps the oldest form of human civilization, Nomadism is very different from today's Western culture.

Positive Feedback Loop: Examples & Definition

11. Positive Feedback Loop: Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we will explore positive feedback loops throughout history. Positive feedback loops are a model which can help explain how numerous phenomena in human history affect seemingly unrelated aspects of civilization.

The Stone Age: Period & Overview

12. The Stone Age: Period & Overview

Most of humanity's past is shrouded in mystery, but we've learned a great deal about prehistory. Learn about the Stone Age and how humans advanced from it.

What was Beringia? - Theory & Definition

13. What was Beringia? - Theory & Definition

Beringia was land between Siberia and Alaska that was exposed only during the Ice Age. Learn how and why it contributed to humanity's immigration to the New World.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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