World History
Ancient and Medieval Eras
October 2004, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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Was there really a King Arthur, or is he simply a legendary character? What are the historical origins of regional conflicts in existence today? Ancient and medieval history holds the answers to such fascinating and perplexing questions; it not only tells us how our world used to be but also allows us to discover fundamental characteristics of humanity, showing us both how we have changed and how we have remained the same.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras explores ancient civilizations, dynasties, and empires and profiles city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient and medieval world, providing a dynamic learning experience that encompasses intellectual developments, wars and cooperation, religion, cultural practices, and more from prehistory through to the beginning of the Renaissance. Students will learn how to relate the events of the distant past to the ongoing development of human history such that they become more independent and proficient researchers, with an interest in the history of long ago and an appreciation for its importance.


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"This database, much like the others from ABC-CLIO, will enhance any school's teaching curriculum. It will bring world history to life for many students and provide a new outlet for learning. The price may be a bit high for many schools, but the amount of material found here may make up for the expense."—ARBA, March 1, 2009

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Prehistory, Beginnings to 1000 BCE
• The Paleolithic and Mesolithic Periods
• The Neolithic Revolution
• The Emergence of Civilizations
Ancient Rome, 1000 BCE–500 CE
• The Roman Republic
• The Height of the Roman Empire
• The Decline and Fall of Rome
The Americas, 3000 BCE–1500 CE
• North America
• Mesoamerica
• South America
Egypt and the Near East, 3200–500 BCE
• Ancient Egypt
• The Ancient Near East
The Byzantine Empire and Russia, 300–1500 CE
• The Byzantine Empire
• The Emergence of Russia
Central and East Asia, 500–1500 CE
• Chinese Dynasties: Tang, Song, and Ming
• The Mongol Empire
• Japan and Korea
• Southeast Asia
Ancient Asia, 3000 BCE–500 CE
• Early Civilizations in Asia
• The Mauryan and Gupta Empires of India
• Chinese Dynasties: Zhou, Qin, and Han
• Buddhism and Hinduism
The Islamic World, 600–1500 CE
• Muhammad and the Spread of Islam
• The Ottoman Empire
Medieval Europe, 500–1500 CE
• The Early Middle Ages
• The High Middle Age
• The Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance
Ancient Greece, 2000–30 BCE
• The Early Aegean Age
• The Classical Age
• The Hellenistic Age
Africa, 3000 BCE–1500 CE
• Early Africa
• Western Kingdoms
• Trading Cultures and City–States

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