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Ch 40: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Middle East & India

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Prepare for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination by reviewing ancient civilizations of India and the Middle East. This chapter's lessons are dedicated to the topic and each one includes a self-assessment quiz that test your progress.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Middle East and India - Chapter Summary

Your review of this chapter's tutorial lessons will permit you to review the cultures and civilizations of ancient India and the Middle East. Expand your knowledge about emperors of the ancient world and the birth of Islam before you take the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination for teacher certification. This chapter could also help you with questions related to:

  • Urigins of the Hittites
  • The civilizations of the Hittites, Babylonians and Assyrians
  • Roots of Indo-European proto-languages
  • History of the ancient Assyrians and the Persian Empire
  • Rulers of the Mauryan Empire
  • Life of Mohammed
  • Trade routes of the Middle Ages
  • Technological contributions of the Mongolians
  • Culture of the Ottoman Empire
  • Decline of India's dynasties

The animated video lessons allow you to learn visually. They are self paced, so you'll be able to maintain your current schedule and still prepare for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. Watch the videos and identify areas in which you need further review. You can pause the lessons with the video tags and check out the written transcripts if necessary. Clickable links and a chapter examination are included.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Middle East and India Chapter Objectives

The WEST Middle Level Humanities examination is computer administered. It contains two subtests: English Language Arts and Reading and Social Studies. There are 55 multiple-choice questions on each of the subtests. You can demonstrate everything you know about ancient India and the Middle East when you get to the U.S. and World History domain of Subtest 2, which amounts to about 33% of the second subtest. Y

11 Lessons in Chapter 40: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Ancient Middle East & India
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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.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

7. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

11. India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

In this lesson, we explore the rise and decline of two of the more powerful dynasties that were present in the Indian subcontinent during the Middle Ages.

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