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Ch 24: WEST History: The History of Eastern Europe

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Let us help you review Eastern European history from about 1950 BCE through the 1500s BCE. The video lessons and quizzes focus on empires and civilizations you will be tested on when taking the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: The History of Eastern Europe - Chapter Summary

Who were the Babylonians, ancient Assyrians and Mongolians? What were the characteristics of the Persian, Mauryan and Ottoman Empires? These are among the topics you will explore when you view the lessons in this chapter. Knowledge of this material can help you answer questions on a portion of the WEST History exam and allow you to demonstrate the following:

  • Explaining various kingdoms that rose following the fall of the Sumerian Empire and the power struggles among these kingdoms
  • Detailing the formation of the Hittite Empire and their contributions to the Iron Age
  • Discussing the history of Indo-European languages
  • Summarizing facts about Assyrian culture and civilization
  • Relating information about the development, politics and violent expansion of the Persian Empire
  • Describing the governmental, agricultural and religious aspects as well as the rise and fall of India's Mauryan Empire
  • Providing details about how trade was conducted throughout Europe in the Middle Ages
  • Identifying Genghis Khan and aspects of the Mongolian Empire
  • Highlighting facts about the rule of Suleiman over the Ottoman Empire and the fate of the empire following his death

Brief but informative video lessons support narrative text with illustrations, making the material fun to learn. Self-assessment quizzes allow you to practice answering the type of multiple-choice questions you might find on the actual WEST History exam.

WEST History: The History of Eastern Europe Objectives

The WEST History exam will assess your understanding of historical events and figures throughout the U.S. and the world. You will also be tested on social studies concepts. The History of Eastern Europe chapter is designed to help you answer questions about medieval European civilizations and their impacts. These types of questions are found in the test's second domain, which covers world history and accounts for 36% of the entire exam.

WEST exams are teacher certification assessments administered in Washington State. They measure the ability of new and existing educators to teach fundamental concepts and specific content-area material. The basic exam covers general reading, writing and math topics, while nearly 30 endorsement exams are offered in such areas as business, dance, music, chemistry, physics, theater and visual arts. The WEST History exam is an endorsement exam that consists of 110 multiple-choice questions and requires a passing score of 240.

9 Lessons in Chapter 24: WEST History: The History of Eastern Europe
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Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

1. 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.

The Hittites: Civilization, History & Definition

2. The Hittites: Civilization, History & Definition

This lesson will explore the history of the Indo-European group known as the Hittites. The Hittites began as a group of tribes sharing a common language and land. They unified as a single empire to become a major competitor in the quest for land and resources.

Proto-Indo-European Language: Roots & Explanation

3. Proto-Indo-European Language: Roots & Explanation

In this lesson, we will explore the Indo-European family of languages. Scholars have long wondered whether most languages in Europe, the Middle East and India actually descended from a common ancestral language, an Indo-European proto-language.

Ancient Assyrians: History, Civilization & Culture

4. Ancient Assyrians: History, Civilization & Culture

Ancient Assyria was one of the first great international empires. Located in Mesopotamia, it dominated the entire Middle East for several hundred years. Learn about the civilization, culture and imperial expansion of the Ancient Assyrians in this lesson.

History of the Persian Empire

5. History of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire has all the great aspects of an amazing story - an unlikely rise to power against an evil king, a ruler who is beloved by his people, and a military that was centuries ahead of its time.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

6. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes

7. 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.

Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

8. Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

This lesson covers the contributions of the Mongols to Western civilization. We begin by examining the tale of Marco Polo. Next, we look at some common misconceptions about the Mongols. Finally, we enumerate the many technologies brought to Europe by this group.

Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

9. Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

This lesson will focus on Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight his conquests of Eastern Europe and his wars with the Habsburg Dynasty. It will also discuss the cultural advancements of his rule.

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