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The student will analyze the origins, structures, and interactions of complex societies in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean from 3500 BCE to 500 BCE. Describe the development of Mesopotamian societies; include the religious, cultural, economic, and political facets of society, with attention to Hammurabi's law code. Describe the relationship of religion and political authority in Ancient Egypt. Explain the development of monotheism; include the concepts developed by the ancient Hebrews, and Zoroastrianism. Describe early trading networks in the Eastern Mediterranean; include the impact Phoenicians had on the Mediterranean World. Explain the development and importance of writing; include cuneiform, hieroglyphics, and the Phoenician alphabet.
The student will identify the major achievements of Chinese and Indian societies from 1100 BCE to 500 CE. Describe the development of Indian civilization; include the rise and fall of the Maurya Empire, the Golden Age under Gupta, and the emperor Ashoka. Explain the development and impact of Hinduism and Buddhism on India and subsequent diffusion of Buddhism. Describe the development of Chinese civilization under the Zhou and Qin. Explain the impact of Confucianism on Chinese culture; include the examination system, the Mandate of Heaven, the status of peasants, the status of merchants, and the patriarchal family, and explain diffusion to Southeast Asia, Japan, and Korea. Explain how the geography of the Indian Subcontinent contributed to the movement of people and ideas.
The student will examine the political, philosophical, and cultural interaction of Classical Mediterranean societies from 700 BCE to 400 CE. Compare the origins and structure of the Greek polis, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire. Identify the ideas and impact of important individuals; include Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and describe the diffusion of Greek culture by Aristotle's pupil Alexander the Great and the impact of Julius and Augustus Caesar. Analyze the contributions of Hellenistic and Roman culture; include law, gender, and science. Describe polytheism in the Greek and Roman world and the origins and diffusion of Christianity in the Roman world. Analyze the factors that led to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire
The student will analyze the importance of the Byzantine and Mongol empires between 450 CE and 1500 CE. Analyze the importance of Justinian, include the influence of the Empress Theodora, Justinian's Code, and Justinian's efforts to recapture the west. Describe the relationship between the Roman and Byzantine Empires; include the impact Byzantium had on Moscow and the Russian Empire, the effect of Byzantine culture on Tsar Ivan III and Kiev, and the rise of Constantinople as a center for law, religion, and the arts. Explain the Great Schism of 1054 CE. Analyze the spread of the Mongol Empire; include the role of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan in developing the empire, the impact of the Mongols on Russia, China and the West, the development of trade, and European observations through the writings of Marco Polo. Explain the Ottoman Empire's role in the decline of Byzantium and the capture of Constantinople in 1453 CE.
The student will trace the origins and expansion of the Islamic World between 600 CE and 1300 CE. Explain the origins of Islam and the growth of the Islamic Empire. Identify the Muslim trade routes to India, China, Europe, and Africa and assess the economic impact of this trade. Explain the reasons for the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Identify the contributions of Islamic scholars in medicine (Ibn Sina) and geography (Ibn Battuta)Describe the impact of the Crusades on both the Islamic World and Europe. Analyze the relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The student will describe the diverse characteristics of early African societies before 1800 CE. Identify the Bantu migration patterns and contribution to settled agriculture. Describe the development and decline of the Sudanic kingdoms (Ghana, Mali, Songhai); include the roles of Sundiata, and the pilgrimage of Mansa Musa to Mecca. Describe the trading networks by examining trans-Saharan trade in gold, salt, and slaves; include the Swahili trading cities. Analyze the process of religious syncretism as a blending of traditional African beliefs with new ideas from Islam and Christianity. Analyze the role of geography and the distribution of resources played in the development of trans-Saharan trading networks.
The student will analyze European medieval society with regard to culture, politics, society, and economics. Explain the manorial system and feudalism; include the status of peasants and feudal monarchies and the importance of Charlemagne. Describe the political impact of Christianity; include Pope Gregory VII and King Henry IV of Germany (Holy Roman Emperor)Explain the role of the church in medieval society. Describe how increasing trade led to the growth of towns and cities.
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the development of societies in Central and South America. Explain the rise and fall of the Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca empires. Compare the culture of the Americas; include government, economy, religion, and the arts of the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas.
The student will analyze change and continuity in the Renaissance and Reformation. Explain the social, economic, and political changes that contributed to the rise of Florence and the ideas of Machiavelli. Identify artistic and scientific achievements of Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance man, and Michelangelo. Explain the main characteristics of humanism; include the ideas of Petrarch, Dante, and Erasmus. Analyze the impact of the Protestant Reformation; include the ideas of Martin Luther and John Calvin. Describe the Counter Reformation at the Council of Trent and the role of the Jesuits. Describe the English Reformation and the role of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Explain the importance of Gutenberg and the invention of the printing press.
The student will analyze the impact of the age of discovery and expansion into the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Explain the roles of explorers and conquistadors; include Zheng He, Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, James Cook, and Samuel de Champlain. Define the Columbian Exchange and its global economic and cultural impact. Explain the role of improved technology in European exploration; include the astrolabe.
Students will investigate political and social changes in Japan and in China from the seventeenth century CE to mid-nineteenth century CE. Describe the policies of the Tokugawa and Qing rules; include how Oda Nobunaga laid the groundwork for the subsequent Tokugawa rulers and how Kangxi came to rule for such a long period in China. Analyze the impact of population growth and its impact on the social structure of Japan and China.
The student will examine the origins and contributions of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. Describe the geographical extent of the Ottoman Empire during the rule of Suleyman the Magnificent, the Safavid Empire during the reign of Shah Abbas I, and the Mughal Empire during the reigns of Babur and Akbar. Explain the ways in which these Muslim empires influenced religion, law, and the arts in their parts of the world.
The student will examine the intellectual, political, social, and economic factors that changed the worldview of Europeans. Explain the scientific contributions of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton and how these ideas changed the European worldview. Identify the major ideas of the Enlightenment from the writings of Locke, Voltaire, and Rousseau and their relationship to politics and society.

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