Unit 1 (W)

Acropolis by Leo von Klenze

An idealized version of what the Acropolis of Athens may have looked like during the height of power. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)

Unit 1 in this class is based on a set of dates that is recognized by most World History teachers as the time between early man and about 600 C.E. (Current Era). The point of the break is one in which many of the most influential civilizations around the world fell or had recently fallen, which gives us as much of a breaking point as one gets in world history. Between these dates are a wealth of civilizations that are important to world history but are largely forgotten by most of America. For every well-know civilization like Egypt, we cover many lesser known (but important) civilizations like the Phoenicians. Only 1 chapter falls in any way outside these dates and that is the chapter on religion in which I move beyond these dates to cover all religions. This is done due to the fact that it is far easier for students to compare by covering religions this way. More information on how this is done can be found on the chapter 3 page.

Unit 1 Chapters

Chapter 1: Prehistory to Early Civilizations

Ch. 2: Classical Civilizations

Ch. 3: World Religions