Chapters

  1. History’s Story
  2. Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
  3. The Chosen People: Hebrews and Jews, 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135
  4. Trial of the Hellenes: The Ancient Greeks, 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
  5. Imperium Romanum: The Romans, 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
  6. The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
  7. From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
  8. The Medieval Mêlée: The High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
  9. Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation, 1400 to 1648
  10. Liberation of Mind and Body: Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815
  11. Mastery of the Machine: The Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914
  12. The Westerner’s Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918
  13. Rejections of Democracy: The InterWar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945
  14. A World Divided: The Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980
  15. Into the Future: The Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present
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Study Guide for Chapter 2
Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.

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From the beginning of human history the first primitive societies of hunter-gatherers developed into the first cities and civilizations.

Summaries

The Ape's Cousin's
The similarities and differences between human beings and our ape relatives.

Bound to the Soil
The rise of agricultural societies and civilization.

The Price of Civilization
Regular problems that result from civilized life.

The Rise and Fall of Practically All Middle Eastern Empires
A brief history of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians.

Keywords

The Ape's Cousin's
hominids, Homo sapiens, tools, weapons, clothing, animism, paintings, sculptures, Paleolithic Age, communities, families, clothing, hunting and gathering, ethnicity

Bound to the Soil
Neolithic Agricultural Revolution, agriculture, houses, domestication, architecture, villages, towns, cities, civilizations, city-state, division of labor, peasant, polytheism, priests and priestesses, calendar, writing, schools, monarchy, kings, absolutism, dynasty, laws, Law Code of Hammurabi, kingdom, emperor, empire, imperialism, barbarian

The Price of Civilization
plagues, sexism, property, social classes, division of labor, upper classes (aristocrats, nobles), lower classes or commoners: middle class of artisans and merchants, peasants, taxes, war

The Rise and Fall of Practically All Middle Eastern Empires
Middle East, metal, Bronze Age, Mesopotamia, fertility rituals, epic poetry, Gilgamesh; Egypt, monotheism, Iron Age, Assyrian Empire, militarism, Persian Empire, money

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Last Updated: 8 January 2017