Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - Civilization (X)

Human Migrations (2004)

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How did the many paths of human migration people the planet? From their origins on the African continent, humans have spread across the globe. This unit explores how and why early humans moved across Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas, based on recent studies in archaeology and linguistics.

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00:28
Human Migrations

Early Economies (2004)

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How do societies assign value to land, labor, and material goods? A comparison of manorial economies in Japan and medieval Europe is contrasted with the tribute economy of the Inka, and the experience of dramatic economic change is illustrated by the commercial revolution in China.

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00:28
Early Economies

Early Empires (2004)

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What makes an "empire"? Through the Mongol empire, the Mali empire, and the Inka empire, this unit examines the construction of empires, their administrative structures, legitimating ideologies, and the environmental and technological conditions that shaped them.

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00:28
Early Empires

Romans: Inclusive Conquest & Loyal Citizens

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The Romans ruthlessly conquered Carthage and the rest of the Mediterranean region, but also gained the allegiance of most of the people they subdued. How? By giving them citizenship and including them in the benefits of empire, best exemplified by one of Rome’s good emperors, Hadrian.

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00:15
Romans: Inclusive Conquest & Loyal Citizens

Minoans: Public Peace & Ritual Violence

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The Minoans, a prosperous, peaceful island people in the Mediterranean region, influenced the Greeks, as seen in the Greek Minotaur and Theseus myth. Minoan art suggests a peaceful life without war, with violence sublimated in their bull-worship rituals. Females seem to have been more influential here than anywhere else in the Ancient World.

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00:15
Minoans: Public Peace & Ritual Violence

Egypt's Golden Empire (2010)

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Forged by conquest, and ruled by intimidation and diplomacy, Egypt's New Kingdom was built by men and women of astonishing ambition. For nearly 500 years (1560 B.C. to 1080 B.C.), the pharaohs of Egypt struggled to shape the science, culture, and politics of the ancient world. In the process, they would create the first great empire in history.

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02:40
Egypt's Golden Empire

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization (2010)

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It was perhaps the most spectacular flourishing of imagination and achievement in recorded history. In the Fourth and Fifth Centuries BC, the Greeks built an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean from Asia to Spain. They laid the foundation of modern science, politics, warfare and philosophy, and produced some of the most breathtaking art and architecture the world has ever seen.

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02:45
The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

Ancient Egyptian Technology

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Egypt's pyramids are a testament to the technology used by this ancient civilization. Readers will learn about technologies, such as agricultural tools and irrigation systems, that helped Egypt thrive. Chapters explore how these innovations developed and the role technology played in establishing one of the most advanced cultures in the ancient world.

Ancient Egyptian Technology

Ancient Greek Daily Life

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Daily life in ancient Greece was very different from our own, but with some startling similarities. Readers will learn how the ancient Greeks filled a typical day. They will read about professional life and home life, including the roles of women and children. And they will recognize studying, exercising, and spending time with family as aspects common to their own lives.

Ancient Greek Daily Life

The City

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Describes the development of cities during the late Middle Ages, A.D. 1100 through 1400, discussing how they varied in government, commerce, population and culture and how they influenced the shaping of European civilization.

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The City

The Castle

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Describes daily life in the castles of Europe from the years A.D. 500 to 1500.

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The Castle