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WEST History: The Bronze & Iron Age - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter can help you review the beginnings of the use of metals in the Bronze and Iron Ages as part of your preparation for the WEST History test. The material covered in the lessons is as follows:
- When the Bronze Age began and what it was
- The Bronze Age in ancient Egypt
- Greece in the Bronze Age
- Schliemann's search for ancient Troy
- Why the Bronze Age ended
- How bronze compares with iron; ancient metal-working
Our video lessons are short, engaging and fun. You can assess your knowledge by taking the quizzes, and the transcripts provide additional opportunities to refresh your memory and comprehension. The timeline feature allows you to select certain parts of a video to review without having to replay it entirely, and we have subject-matter experts available for consultation if the need arises.
WEST History: The Bronze & Iron Age Objectives
The objective of the WEST History exam is to test the extent of your knowledge in the three domains covered. These are World History, U.S. History, and Social Studies Concepts and Skills. Our Bronze & Iron Age chapter covers part of the world history section of the WEST History exam. This domain accounts for 36% of the questions on the test.
This computer-based examination has a total of 110 multiple-choice questions. After reading a short section of text, you will choose the best response from the list of possible answers provided.
1. Bronze Age: Timeline & Explanation
When metallurgists discovered tin could be combined with copper to create a stronger metal, bronze became invaluable in the creation of weapons and tools. The Bronze Age is the time in which bronze was the primary material used in many cultures.
2. 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.
3. Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy
This lecture covers the history of Bronze Age Greece, beginning with the discovery of its greatest city, Mycenae, by Heinrich Schliemann, emphasizing that the quest to find these cities was inspired by works of classical literature. It then describes the architecture of Mycenae and some of the relics found there. Finally, the lesson examines the Mycenaean achievement and its place in Western history.
4. 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.
5. Iron vs. Bronze: History of Metallurgy
This lecture explores the transition from the bronze age to the iron age. The difficulties of working with iron are enumerated. The properties of iron and steel are compared to those of bronze. Finally the implications for this transition on civilization are considered.
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