Ch 20: The Emergence of Interregional Networks

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Learn how interregional networks are formed, and how they influence the regions and cultures they connect. Use video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to explore trade routes through various eras and places of the world.

The Emergence of Interregional Networks - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers how interregional networks, made up of trade routes and the empires that used them, emerged throughout the Middle and Medieval ages. Different regions of the world are explored, including West and East Africa, the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and the famous Silk Road.

You'll learn about the major trade routes and networks that emerged in the Middle Ages, the importance of the silk road in disseminating goods and culture from China, and the impact of Egyptian trade on the Eastern Mediterranean and the Nile Valley. As you progress through this chapter, you will learn about how interregional networks impacted the cultures that traded with one another, and how both goods and ideas were carried along these trade routes. After completing this chapter, you will understand and be able to discuss:

  • Trade networks in the Middle Ages
  • Trade routes along the Niger River in Medieval Africa
  • Egyptian trade in the eastern Mediterranean and Nile Valley
  • Routes of Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea trade
  • The Silk Road
  • Trans-Saharan and West African trade

You can track your progress through the chapter with self-assessment quizzes following each lesson. Revisit main points in the short, engaging video lessons using video tags to jump to different topics. Lesson transcripts are also available, where you'll find key words bolded. Visit your Dashboard to stay organized and see how far you've progressed through the course.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: The Emergence of Interregional Networks
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Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes

1. 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 Niger River: Ecosystems & Trade Routes in Africa (12th-16th Centuries)

2. The Niger River: Ecosystems & Trade Routes in Africa (12th-16th Centuries)

This lesson explores the history of the Niger River Valley. The lesson highlights the trans-Saharan caravan trade and the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu.

Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

3. Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

Learn how Egypt used its many ports to grow its economy and how it traded for the goods that the Ancient World couldn't get enough of in this lesson. Then, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Indian Ocean Trade: Route, Network & History

4. Indian Ocean Trade: Route, Network & History

Before there were trade routes across the Atlantic and Pacific, there was the Indian Ocean trade. In this lesson, we'll explore the history and trade routes of the Indian Ocean and see how they connected the world.

What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

5. What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the famous Silk Roads that connected civilizations as far apart as Persia, Greece, and China. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

6. Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

In this lesson we explore the beginning, height, and decline of the trans-Saharan trade and the various states in West Africa which thrived off the trade.

Mediterranean Sea Trade: Origins & Routes

7. Mediterranean Sea Trade: Origins & Routes

The Mediterranean Sea was a fundamental feature in the development of civilizations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In this lesson, we'll look at the role of Mediterranean Sea trade across history.

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