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World History

Societies of the Past

By Charles Kahn & Ken Osborne
Categories: Education, Social Science, History, World, Study & Teaching
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Hardcover : 9781553790457, 360 pages, August 2005
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799726, 360 pages, August 2005

Table of contents


Getting to Know Your Textbook

Part 1: Understanding Societies Past and Present

  • 1 Why Study the History of Societies?
  • 2 The Early Peoples

Part 2: Early Societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and China

  • 3 Mesopotamia
  • 4 Egypt
  • 5 The Indus Valley
  • 6 Ancient China

Part 3: Ancient Societies of Greece and Rome

  • 7 Ancient Greece
  • 8 Ancient Rome

Part 4: Transition to the Modern World (c. 500 CE-1400 CE)

  • 9 Ancient Ghana and Mali
  • 10 Maya, Aztecs, and Incas
  • 11 The Middle Ages

Part 5: Shaping the Modern World (c. 1400 CE-1850 CE)

  • 12 The Renaissance
  • 13 The Reformation
  • 14 The Age of Revolutions, 1600-1800
  • 15 Industry and Empire





In World History: Societies of the Past, students explore societies of the past and see the influences and impact history has on their lives today. The textbook provides students with an easy-to-understand and in-depth look at human societies—from early hunters-gatherers to ancient societies to the beginnings of modern-day societies (1850 CE). A chronological approach explores social, environmental, political, economic, cultural, and technological issues that remain relevant in today’s world. To help your students visualize historical situations and events, the textbook includes: hundreds of vibrant illustrations and historical artwork detailed maps, diagrams, and charts informative timelines questions, summaries, and quick facts stories of everyday people.

Recommended by Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth as a Manitoba Grade 7 Social Studies Learning Resource.

Recommended for British Columbia grade 7 classrooms.