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World History

Societies of the Past

By Charles Kahn & Ken Osborne
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Categories: Education, Social Science, History, World, Study & Teaching
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 works of art
  • 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.