Ancient Civilizations

Students in this course study the major events, concepts, themes, and connections between various regions and civilizations from the earliest humans through the European Renaissance. After reviewing the basic principles and skills of historical study and analysis, students will trace the development of river valley civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, and Mesoamerica, before exploring the growth of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome. They will investigate the great trading empires of Africa, China and Central America, and place them in the broader context of migration and cultural diffusion. Finally, students will analyze the growth of feudalism and the challenges that emerged during the Middle Ages. Throughout the course, students will focus on several major historical themes, including historical points of reference, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, science/technology, and society.

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