Ch 1: World History Through the 1500's

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World History Through the 1500's - Chapter Summary

If you are looking to brush up on your knowledge of world history through the 1500s, you've reached the right place! This chapter is filled with fun lessons you can review anytime to get reacquainted with the Bronze Age, Ancient China, the Great Crusades and much more. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be ready to do the following:

  • Discuss tools and characteristics of the Paleolithic Age and Mesolithic Age
  • Provide details about the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution
  • Share the timeline for the Bronze Age, and discuss the development of religion in the Stone Age and Bronze Age
  • Describe Greek city-states, Ancient China, the rise of the Roman Republic and the Qin Dynasty in China
  • Detail Mohammed's life, the birth of Islam and the history and timeline of the Great Crusades
  • Explain how the Mongolians contributed to western civilization
  • Exhibit knowledge of the Little Ice Age, peasant revolts across Europe and the reason Europeans sailed to the Americas

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15 Lessons in Chapter 1: World History Through the 1500's
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The Paleolithic Age: Tools & Characteristics

1. The Paleolithic Age: Tools & Characteristics

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the Paleolithic Era and discover how early humans lived and developed stone tools. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Mesolithic Age: Tools, Inventions & Archaeology

2. The Mesolithic Age: Tools, Inventions & Archaeology

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the Mesolithic era, one of the greatest transitional periods in human history. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

3. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?

Bronze Age: Timeline & Explanation

4. 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.

How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age

5. How Religion Developed in the Stone Age and Bronze Age

Have you ever wondered exactly how religion developed in the ancient world? Check out this lesson to see how the impact of cities, writing and invasion upon religion, the ascent of the sky father and the descent of the mother goddess contributed to the development of religion.

Greek City-States and Governments

6. Greek City-States and Governments

This is a lecture about Greek city states. It begins with an examination of the influence geography had on Greek politics, by comparing Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia. This is followed by a loose characterization of Greek poleis in general, with specific attention paid to constitutions, colonialism and competition.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

7. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

8. Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

This lesson explains the rise of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the Etruscan kings. It cites location, military strategy, and a well-formed political structure as reasons for the Republic's rise.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

9. The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

In this lesson, we will explore the short-lived but powerful Qin Dynasty of China. We will examine the dynasty's founding, life under Qin rule, the Qin legacy, and the downfall of the Qin.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

10. 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.

Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

11. 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.

The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

12. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

This lesson examines the utter failure of the later crusades. We look at some of the factors that led to this failure. We then have a glimpse at each of the major crusades abroad, as well as the political and heretical crusades in Europe.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

13. 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.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

14. Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

Fourteenth-century Europe saw several peasant revolts. This lesson looks at the economic and political conditions that led to these uprisings and names two of the most well-known.

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

15. 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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