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Ch 1: Prentice Hall World History Review Part I: Early Civilizations

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The Review Part I: Early Civilizations chapter of this Prentice Hall World History Connections to Today, The Modern Era Companion Course helps students review the essential lessons associated with early civilizations. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Review Part I: Early Civilizations textbook chapter.

How It Works

  • Identify the lessons in the Prentice Hall Review Part I: Early Civilizations chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the early civilizations topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Human opportunities at the end of the last ice age
  • Causes of the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution
  • Fertile Crescent as the cradle of civilization
  • Sumerian heirs
  • Bronze Age life in ancient Egypt
  • Iron Age empires
  • Civilizations of the Indus Valley
  • The Shang and Zhou dynasties of ancient China

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8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Prentice Hall World History Review Part I: Early Civilizations
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?

The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

3. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

4. Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

This lecture covers the history of Mesopotamia from the disintegration of the Sumerian Empire to the great Bronze Age collapse. We'll explore the destructive force of the Elamites and the Hittites as well as the imperial ambitions of the Babylonians, the Mittani and the Assyrians.

Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

5. 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.

Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

6. Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

This lesson is a survey of the three empires that emerged after the Bronze Age collapse. Parts of the survey are viewed from the perspective of the Israelites, who found themselves the playthings of powerful empires. The lecture focuses on a few specific rulers and their impact on their empires. It also traces patterns of imperial tactics throughout this period and region.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

7. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

8. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

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