600 to 1450 C.E. Unit
This unit focuses on social, political, and economic developments in the world from the post-classical period to the early modern period. This unit also examines civilizations in Meso-america. Among the civilizations examined in this unit are: Olmecs, Maya Aztec, Inca, Byzantine, medieval Europe, Islamic world, Tang and Song dynasties in China, Japan, Kore, and Southeast Asia, the Mongols, West African empires (Ghana, Mali, Songhai), and East and South African peoples.
Early Developments in Mesoamerica
Key terms: Olmecs, Maya, Aztec, Inca, Mexico, Yucatan, Peru, Andes, Mesoamerican ballgame, split inheritance, ritual sacrifice, Tenochtitlan (Aztec capital), Cuzco (Inca capital), Machu Pinchu
Byzantine Empire and medieval Europe
The Rise of Islam (Origins, Umayyad, and Abbasid Caliphates)
Key terms: Mohammed,monotheism, mosque, Mecca, Medina, Damascus, Baghdad, Qua ran,Abu Bakr, Ali, Sunni, Shi'a, Umayyad Caliphate, Abbasid Caliphate, Seljuk Turks, Mameluke Turks, Mawali, Harun al-Rashid, Sufi