HIST-151: World History to 1500 CE

MCC Course Outcomes for HIST-151

  1. Compare the factors contributing to the growth and decline of early river valley civilizations [151-1]
  2. Compare the factors contributing to the growth and decline of empires across eras and regions [151-2]
  3. Assess the role of religious and philosophical beliefs in the development of human societies [151-3]
  4. Evaluate different regions’ recovery from imperial collapse [151-4]
  5. Evaluate the consequences of governmental centralization and decentralization across eras and regions [151-5]
  6. Compare varying gender roles across eras and regions [151-6]
  7. Assess variations in family structure across eras and regions [151-7]
  8. Evaluate the role of environmental factors in the development of human societies [151-8]
  9. Analyze regional and global economic systems [151-9]
  10. Evaluate the connections between artistic expression and human political, religious, and economic systems [151-10]
  11. Assess historical evidence [151-11]

World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 CE (Textbook for HIST-151 Online)

The First River Valley Civilizations and States


Harrappa Pakistan by Flickr user Ch. Khawar

Egypt and the Nile River Valley

The First Empires

Cyrus Cylinder

Cyrus Cylinder- Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net). Modifications by مانفی [CC-BY-SA-4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

From Neo-Assyrian to Persian Empires
Persian Expansion and the Greeks
South Asia’s Common Culture
The Zhou Dynasty in China

The Classical Age in Afro-Eurasia

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Julius Caesar By Andreas Wahra [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Greek City States: Democracy in Athens
Alexander’s Conquests and the Rise of Hellenism
The Hundred Masters Period in East Asia
The Rise of Buddhism in South Asia
Rome: Republic and Empire
Han China: Confucianism and Gender

The Emergence of Universal Religions

Han Chronicle of the Buddhist Emergence, 1st century CE By Bjoertvedt (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Changes in Buddhism
The Rise of Christianity

The Post-Classical Age in Afro-Eurasia

Medieval Europe

Charlemagne, detail from window at Notre Dame, By Vassil (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Western Rome Declines
The Byzantine Empire: The Nika Revolt
The Early Middle Ages
Pope Urban II calls for a Crusade
Church and State in the High Middle Ages
Chaos and Recovery in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance

The Islamic World

Artwork on the Great Mosque of Damascus

Artwork on the Great Mosque of Damascus

Conquest and Conflict
The Islamic Empires: Science and Splendor in the Abbasid Caliphate


Genghis Khan
The Mongols: Continuity in the Yuan Dynasty
The Birth of the Ming Dynasty


Ruins of Great Zimbabwe [Great-Zimbabwe-2,  By Image taken by Jan Derk in 1997 in Zimbabwe. (en:Image:Great-Zimbabwe-2.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]

Muslim Interactions with Subsaharan Africa

The Americas

Mounds 72 and 96 diagram HRoe 2013 (Cahokia)--Herb Roe [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Native American Creation Stories
An article on recent discoveries in Cahokia