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Present-day Eastern Hemisphere Geography

The First Humans through the Neolithic Revolution in the Eastern Hemisphere

Early River Valley Civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere

Comparative World Religions

Comparative Classical Civilizations in the Eastern Hemisphere

The Mediterranean World

  • 6.6 The Mediterranean world was reshaped with the fall of the Roman Empire. Three distinct cultural regions developed: feudal Western Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic caliphates. These regions interacted with each other and clashed over control of holy lands.

    • 6.6a Over expansion, corruption, invasions, civil wars, and discord led to the fall of Rome. Feudalism developed in Western Europe in reaction to a need for order and to meet basic needs.

      • Students will examine reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire and the development of feudalism in Western Europe, including efforts to restore the empire, the decentralization of political authority, and the role of the Christian Church in providing some measure of central authority.

    • 6.6b The Byzantine Empire preserved elements of the Roman Empire, controlled lands within the Mediterranean basin, and began to develop Orthodox Christianity.

      • Students will examine how the Byzantine Empire preserved elements of the Roman Empire by blending Roman traditions with Greek culture, and developed a Christian faith, known as Orthodox Christianity, which united Church and state authority in the person of the emperor.

    • 6.6c Islam spread within the Mediterranean region from southwest Asia to northern Africa and the Iberian Peninsula.

    • 6.6d Competition and rivalry over religious, economic, and political control over the holy lands led to conflict such as the Crusades.

Interactions Across the Eastern Hemisphere

  • 6.7 Trade networks promoted the exchange and diffusion of language, belief systems, tools, intellectual ideas, inventions, and diseases.

    • 6.7a The Silk Roads, the Indian Ocean, and the Trans-Saharan routes formed the major Afro-Eurasian trade networks connecting the East and the West. Ideas, people, technologies, products, and diseases moved along these routes.

    • 6.7b The Mongol conquests in Eurasia fostered connections between the East and the West, and the Mongols served as important agents of change and cultural diffusion.

      • Students will map the extent of the Mongol Empire at the height of its power.

      • Students will examine the methods used by the Mongols to enable them to rule over a diverse population, noting how Mongol rule expanded trade.

      • Students will examine the spread of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague) as a result of interregional exchange and its effects on various regions within Afro-Eurasia, using a variety of sources, such as maps, poetry, and other primary source documents.

    • 6.7c Complex societies and civilizations adapted and designed technologies for transportation that allowed them to cross challenging landscapes and move people and goods efficiently.