Ancient World History

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Can geography review be fun? Watch this!

Understanding geography is a big part of learning history.  Cultures develop due to different climates and geographical features.  Also, the political entities are always something we study.  Geography is not always one of our favorite subjects because we have to memorize!  Thanks to Yakko for this cute little song which can help us review the names of some countries.    We found this on  Wink

Early Man

This podcast covers the phases of early man.  Characteristics of Australopithecus through Homo sapien are covered.  The Neolithic Age and Paleolithic Age as well as characteristics of early civilizations are also discussed.

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Early River Valley Civilizations

This podcast covers the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Indus River cities and Ancient China.  The Chinese dynasties of Shang and Zhou are also discussed.

Indo-European Migrations

This podcast covers some of the earliest people known as the Indo-Europeans who migrated from the steppes region to Europe and India.  The Hittites and the Aryans are discussed.  The seafaring people of Crete known as the Minoans as well as the Phoenicians, cultural diffusion, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism are also discussed.  

The First Age of Empires

The first empires included the Middle and New Kingdoms in Egypt, as well as the Kush kings in Nubia.  This podcast reviews these first empires including the Assyrians, the Persian Empire established by King Cyrus the Great and his successor King Darius, and the Qin Dynasty in China.  The first emperor of China, Shi Huangdi and his legalistic autoctratic government is also reviewed.  These early civilizations became empires as they expanded and conquered other lands.

Ancient Greece

This podcast reviews Ancient Greece from the Mycenean kings through the Hellenistic culture.  Topics include the Golden Age of Greece, Persian War, Alexander the Great and contributions to western civilization from both the Golden Age and the Hellenistic periods.

Ancient Rome and Early Christianity

This podcast reviews some key facts concerning the Roman Empire including early emperors, economic activity, expansion and reasons for decline.  Contributions to western civilization in the areas of language, arts, literature, law and government, and architecture are also reviewed.  Review with us! Smile

Ancient India and China

Listen to this masterycast podcast to review the Mauryan and Gupta Empires.  Also we discuss the Han Dynasty.  It is important to mention the trade over the silk roads and the contributions of each of these ancient cultures as well! 

The Early Muslim World

This podcast reviews some key facts concerning the early Muslim Empire including some basic beliefs of Islam and the Five Pillars.  The Ummayad and Abbasid Empires are also discussed.  It's a first step in understanding the history of the Muslim World!

The Byzantines, Russians and Seljuk Turks

After the fall of the western portion of the Roman Empire, Byzantium remained as a significant trade center.  This podcast discusses Justinian and the interactions between the Byzantines, the Russians in Kiev, and the Seljuk Turks.

Empires of East Asia- 600-1300AD

This podcast explores key facts about the empires of East Asia during the period from approximately 600 to 1300 AD.  The Tang and Song Dynasties with their many accomplishments, and their eventual defeat by the Mongols and establishment of the Yuan Dynasty are reviewed.  The early clans in Japan and eventual Japanese feudalism remained isolated.  The shogun and samurai were an important part of Japanese history.  The kingdoms in Southeast Asia and Indonesia are also discussed. All of these cultures were influenced by the Chinese and Indian cultures.  If you visit Bangkok today you can't miss the impact of China and India! Laughing

Western Europe-The Middle Ages and Crusades

Here we discuss the period following the fall of the Roman Empire in Europe, and before the Renaissance--The Middle Ages! Western Europe changed dramatically entering a period of feudalism when power was based upon control of land.  There was a decline in culture, learning, and ultimately the Crusades as the power of the Church grows.  Following the Crusades, however, a new period of trade and rebirth will  emerge, ending the Middle Ages and leading to the Renaissance.

The Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas- 900-1500 AD

The Americas contained many civilizations during the period from 900 to 1500AD.  The Mayans, Aztecs and Incas thrived with cities, pyramids, religious ceremonies and rivalries.  The Incas would create a large empire in South America with extensive roads to link the empire and a socialist government.  Human sacrifices would be seen in the Mayan and Aztec civilizations.  All would come to an end when the Spanish would enter the region, capturing the Aztecs and Inca civilizations. 

The Muslim Empire Expands-900-1500AD

This podcast discusses the expansion of the Muslim Empire in the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire and the Mughal Empire.  The result of this expansion is cultural diffusion and new ideas spreading throughout the region.

The Renaissance and Reformation

The Renaissance was a period of 'rebirth" after the Middle Ages.  Revolutionary changes in art and literature as well as politics would occur as society changed it's focus to that of the individual potential of all men.  "Humanism", or the belief in the potential of all men gave rise to the "renaissance man". Machiavelli would write of politics as many wrote in the vernacular.  These ideas would further weaken the church and also lead to the Reformation period.

Age of Global Exploration and Colonization

The ideas and spirit of the Renaissance gave rise to a new era of exploration and ultimate colonization in many parts of the globe.  This podcast discusses many of the early explorers as well as the early colonization globally.  Following this period, we will see the world moving toward the modern era.  Visit the Modern World History section in Subjects for the continuation of our World History series.