Unit 2 (W)


A reconstruction of a 13th Century Mongol Warrior from a Museum.(Creative Commons photo. Attribution to author and info can be found here)

Unit 2 covers a wide range of history by starting in the year 600 C.E. (Current Era) and continuing up until 1450 C.E.. This allows us to cover a wide variety of concepts from Islamic and West African Empires to the "Dark Ages" in Europe and all the way to the rise of the Mongols and the Samurai. Many of these stories are ones that students have heard of before, but we go in much more in depth than what they know. We also do a great deal of cross cultural analysis in this chapter. Comparing European Knights with Japanese Samurai, for instance, is a comparison students are supposed to know. The sheer amount of information in this chapter makes it relatively difficult to cover while making the type of cross-cultural connections that students should be making. For this reason I have grouped this unit into only 3 chapters, which gives students a bit more ability to see the connections between civilizations that may not be close to each other, but still had an impact on one another.

Unit 2 Chapters

Ch. 4: Mediterranean Civilizations

Ch. 5: Civilizations of the Americas

Ch. 6: Changes in Asian Civilizations