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Prehistory and the rise of civilization

Early civilizations in Europe, Asia, and Africa

  • 4 Identify cultural contributions of Classical Greece, including politics, intellectual life, arts, literature, architecture, and science.

  • 5 Describe the role of Alexander the Great in the Hellenistic world.

    • Defining boundaries of Alexander the Great's empire and its economic impact

    • Identifying reasons for the separation of Alexander the Great's empire into successor kingdoms

    • Evaluating major contributions of Hellenistic art, philosophy, science, and political thought

  • 6 Trace the expansion of the Roman Republic and its transformation into an empire, including key geographic, political, and economic elements.

  • 7 Describe the widespread impact of the Roman Empire.

    • Tracing important aspects of the diffusion of Christianity, including its relationship to Judaism, missionary impulse, organizational development, transition from persecution to acceptance in the Roman Empire, and church doctrine

    • Explaining the role of economics, societal changes, Christianity, political and military problems, external factors, and the size and diversity of the Roman Empire in its decline and fall

  • 8 Describe the development of a classical civilization in India and China.

  • 9 Describe the rise of the Byzantine Empire, its institutions, and its legacy, including the influence of the Emperors Constantine and Justinian and the effect of the Byzantine Empire on art, religion, architecture, and law.

  • 10 Trace the development of the early Russian state and the expansion of its trade systems.

  • 11 Describe early Islamic civilizations, including the development of religious, social, and political systems.

  • 12 Describe China's influence on culture, politics, and economics in Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

  • 13 Compare the African civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai to include geography, religions, slave trade, economic systems, empires, and cultures.

Early civilizations in the Americas

Europe in the Middle Ages