History 140: History of Early Civilizations

Schedule of lecture topics, assignments and exams (Spring 2016)

 

Week

Date

Topic Readings

1

1/20

Introduction

Pp. xii-xix

2

1/25

Early Human Societies;

Development of Agriculture

Friday: Last Day to Add Classes

Ch. 1

3

2/1

Birth of the City: Mesopotamia

Ch. 2, pp. 38-62

4

2/8

Birth of the City: Egypt

Friday: Lincoln's Day - No classes

Ch. 2, pp. 62-71

5

2/15

Monday: Washington's Day - No Classes

Creation of States: South Asia - Harappa, Aryas and Vedic Cultures

Ch. 3, pp. 72-91

6

2/22

Creation of States: East Asia - Shang and Zhou Dynasties

Wednesday: Midterm Exam #1 due

Ch. 3, pp. 91-103

7

2/29

Creation of Empires: Persia

Ch. 4, pp. 104-131

8

3/7

Assimilation and Resistance: Judah and Israel

Wednesday: Online tests for chapters 1-4 due

Ch. 4, pp. 131-135

9

3/14

Spring Recess - No classes  

10

3/21

Development of Ancient Greek Culture;

Classical Greece: Society and Culture

Ch. 5

11

3/28

Classical India: Religions Development - Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism

Wednesday: Midterm Exam #2 due

Ch. 6, pp. 170-187

12

4/4

Classical India: Mauryn  and Gupta Empires

Classical China: The Hundred Schools

Ch. 10, pp. 321-327

 

13

4/11

Classical China: Qin and Han Dynasties

Friday: Last Day to Drop with a "W"

Ch. 6, pp. 188-201

 

14

4/18

Unification of Western Eurasia: Rome                   Ch. 7

15

4/25

Roman Culture and Society;

Origins of Christianity

Ch. 8

16

5/2

Reading the Unwritten Record: The Americas;

Classical Mata Civilization

Wednesday: Online tests for chapters 5-8 and 11 due

Ch.11

17

5/9

Rise and Spread of Islam

Wednesday: Final Exam due

Ch. 9, pp. 289-297

 

 

 

 

 

 

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