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Chapter 1Origins

This chapter includes the following content:
  • Prepare for Class: Learning Objectives and Chapter Outlines
  • Improve Your Grade: Flashcards, Chronological Exercises, Major Political Ideas, Issues for Essay and Discussion, Primary Source Analysis, Interactive Maps, Primary Sources, Going Beyond Individuals in Society, Going Beyond Images in Society, Geography, and Chapter Summary
  • ACE the Test: ACE Practice Tests


Learning Objectives

After reading and studying this chapter you should be able to

  • Describe the various kinds of sources historians use and define the terms history, civilization, and western.

  • Answer the question: What is civilization?

  • Understand the Neolithic contributions to the rise of Western civilization.

  • Describe how and why Western culture originated in Mesopotamia.

  • Understand what caused Mesopotamian culture to become dominant throughout most of the ancient Near East.

  • Compare and contrast the nature and development of Egyptian civilization with Mesopotamian culture.

  • Discuss the effects of invasions and imperial ambitions on the civilizations of the ancient Near East.



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