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Ch 4: World History (600 to 1600)

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You can use this engaging chapter on world history from 600 to 1600 to build your confidence ahead of an upcoming exam. Here you'll find short video lessons outlining these concepts, plus self-assessment lesson quizzes and a chapter test to assess yourself ahead of test day.

World History (600 to 1600) - Chapter Summary

Our chapter on world history from 600 to 1600 contains a collection of mobile-friendly video lessons making these subjects quick and easy to review. Watch videos about Mohammed and the birth of Islam, Muslim learning and accomplishments, the effects geography played on African and Middle Eastern migration patterns and the fall of the Incan empire. Once you complete these lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Outline the culture, religion and politics of the Mayan civilization
  • Discuss the civilization of the Aztecs
  • Define feudalism as it relates to Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire
  • Identify the Roman Catholic clergy
  • Explain the Hundred Years' War between England and France
  • Describe the Black Death and the Little Ice Age
  • Provide an overview and timeline of the Renaissance
  • Discuss Martin Luther, the birth of the Protestant Reformation and the 95 Theses

This flexible chapter makes it possible to study at your own pace while you review as few or as many of the lessons included here as needed. Skip ahead or go back to any of the sections of the video lessons using the video tabs feature in the Timeline. If you need help, our experts are just a few clicks away in the Dashboard.

13 Lessons in Chapter 4: World History (600 to 1600)
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Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

1. 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.

Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

2. Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258 CE) oversaw the Golden Age of Islam. Learn about the accomplishments of Muslim scholars in art, literature, science, medicine and mathematics during this time.

Geographic Influences on African & Middle Eastern Migration Patterns

3. Geographic Influences on African & Middle Eastern Migration Patterns

Sure, landforms affect the development of societies in many ways, but did you know that they even can play into how culture unfolds? In this lesson, learn how landforms have affected culture in Africa and the Middle East.

The Incan Empire: History & Fall

4. The Incan Empire: History & Fall

If we look at 15th-century Mesoamerica, we see that the fastest growing empire of the time was the Incan Empire. The Inca created an elaborate society, which, before it fell to the Spanish, was the largest nation on Earth, and it remains the largest native state to have existed in the western hemisphere.

Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

5. Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico and Central America. A rich and culturally-vibrant civilization, its sudden disappearance from the annals of history have puzzled scholars for years.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

6. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

7. Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

This lesson explains the rule of Charlemagne and his control over the Holy Roman Empire. It highlights his many military conquests and his divine rights as king, while also focusing on the role feudalism played before, during, and after his reign.

The Roman Catholic Clergy

8. The Roman Catholic Clergy

This lesson will list and describe the different members of the Medieval clergy. Beginning at the lower levels and ending with the Pope, it will outline the duties of each office.

The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

9. The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France between 1337 and 1453. This lesson explores what led to the conflict and some of the decisive battles of the war.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

10. The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

Fourteenth century Europe experienced a devastating population decline due to a climate cooling, famine, and the plague. This lesson explores how these factors occurred and their impact on Europe.

The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

11. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

12. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.

The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

13. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

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