an online textbook and study guide
from El Centro College's History Department

Course Outline by Chapters: To see specific chapters, click the appropriate link.
To Introduction and Chapter 1

...The Agrarian Revolution and the Birth of Civilization
To Chapters 2-4 -

...The Rise of Civilization in the Middle East and Africa
...Asia's First Civilizations: India and China, Nomadic Challenges and Civilized Responses
To Chapters 5-8 -

...Unification and the Consolidation of Civilization in China
...Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World
...Religious Rivalries and India's Golden Age
...Rome and Its Empire
To Chapters 9-10 -

...The Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas
...The Spread of Peoples and Civilizations
Chapters 11-13 - Under Construction

...The End of the Classical Era: World History in Transition, 200-700 CE
...The First Global Civilization: The Rise and Spread of Islam
...Abbasid Decline and the Spread of Islamic Civilization to South and Southeast Asia
To Chapters 14-16 -

...African Civilizations and the Spread of Islam
...Civilization in Eastern Europe: Byzantium and Orthodox Europe
...A New Civilization Emerges in Western Europe
To Chapters 17-20 -

...The Americas on the Eve of Invasion
...Reunification and Renaissance in Chinese Civilization: The Era of the Tang and Song Dynasties
...The Spread of Chinese Civilization: Korea, Japan, and Vietnam
...The Last Great Nomadic Challenges: From Chinggis Khan to Timur
To Chapters 21-23 -

...The West and the Changing World Balance
...The Transformation of the West, 1450-1750
...The West and the World
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The Agrarian Revolution and the Birth of Civilization

Paleolithic Age:


Mesolithic (Transitional) Age:

Neolithic Age:

Click here to see the Stenness site - great picture!
Resource for Stenness picture: Clive Ruggles's Resource Info

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