World Civilizations 1 HIST1110

Something occurred to me the other day that I would like to share you. The standard definition of a generation is 25 years. Recent calculations have shown that 33 years yields more accurate results. The entire span of human existence is 2.4 million years (if you count from Homo Habilis) Traditionally that's 96,000 generations, more accurately 72,727 generations ago. The nearest species of early man died out nearly 28,000 years ago that's 848 - 1120 generations ago. The invention of writing was nearly 6000 years ago, that 181 - 240 generations ago. The Middle Ages (Roman Catholic European Dark Ages) ended some 800 years ago which would be 24 - 32 generations ago. We are only 7 to 9 generations removed from the American Revolutionary War. Think about his the next time you start reading your history book. The entire span of human history (that which is recorded) is 181-240 generations......

Our Professor specializes in the English Reformation that's 15 to 20 generations ago.

A Brief Timeline of Prehistory <- this is something I compiled to give a brief overview of prehistory

Here are my notes from the china lecture -> Ancient China Notes

Here are the notes from the Americas and Oceania lecture ->Americas and Oceania Notes

Some time ago I came across a rather well written fiction series about the first Americans. The whole series is written by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and  W. Michael Gear. I have a copy of their first book I'm willing to share, just get in touch with me before or after class. otherwise here's a link to more data: People of the Wolf

Here are my notes on the Persian Lecture ->Persian Notes

Here's something interesting about a wonderful Persian artifact:

Here is my modified Study Guide ->Test 1 Study Guide

I'll be uploading some more content on this page from now on. While I think our professor knows the material I'm not sure he's presenting it in the correct light, at least not in a format that works for everyone. I'll be devoting more time to this section and may even be uploading my own lectures to make learning the material a little easier. This should help those of you who are more visual learners.

To kick off Chinese Unification here's a video on the three teachings of ancient China: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Here are today's class notes ->Chinese Unification
Be sure to check back often for more visual stimuli on these subjects.

Here's a documentary about the first Emperor-

Here are the class notes for Post Vedicism India ->Post Vedicism India

I found some more documentaries that might help you to understand the various religions.

This is one of five, fallow the in tube links at the end to see the whole series.



Here are the notes on Ancient Greece -> Ancient Greece Notes

Here's a good set of Documentaries on ancient Greece, it's in three parts:

Here are the notes on  Ancient Rome -> Ancient Rome Notes

Here's a good documentary on Ancient Rome:

Here are the notes on The Fall of Empires ->When Empires Fall

Here is the Study Guide for section two, like the first I found that the near the bottom it was easier to review the full lecture notes, this time for Greece, Rome and the fall of empires ->section two study guide

Here are the notes on the Nomadic Kingdoms - >Nomadic Kingdoms

Here are the notes form the Sub Saharan lecture ->Sub Saharan Africa

Here's a wonderful documentary I found on the Mali Kingdom

Here's a documentary I found that helps explain middle age monarchy.

And here's the first episode of Terry Jones' documentary about life in the middle ages. 

Here is the notes on the lecture for the last set of lectures -> Mideival Europe

Here is the notes on America and Oceania Part II->New America and Oceania

And here's a documentary on the Aztec's

Here's one of my favorite series : Ancient Inventions War and Conflict, it's just fun, enjoy!

Here is the notes on Cultural Exchange lecture ->Cross Culture Exchange

Here is the notes on the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration ->Renaissance and Exploration

From left: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello  

Here is the study guide for section 4 ->Section 4 Study Guide

This concludes the class, I hope you all found this helpful. I'll be leaving this page up so you can refer to it later if you like, all links will be maintained. I'll be adding new pages to the blog as I advance in my studies so feel free to check back and see if there is any new material you can use. Good Luck!

1 comment:

  1. Aaron, I just wanted to let you know that I've appreciated your notes over the semester, they've been a great supplement to my own notes when preparing for the test. Thanks man!