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Unit 1: Redefining World Society and Culture

Lesson D: Life and Times in the Pre-Modern World

Review and Assessment


Prior to the 15th century, civilizations around the world laid the foundations for the world today. Their political and economic structures began the evolution towards democracy, free enterprise, and other forms of government and economics. The major world religions were established and the roles of women were shaped. The roles of women would be challenged in the 20th century, but what was established in the pre-modern world set the stage for how most of the world's civilizations viewed women. These pre-modern civilizations made major discoveries, which are still relevant today. In addition, the artwork created during the pre-modern era inspired civilizations around the world. By examining these aspects of civilizations, we can begin to understand how we owe so much to the pre-modern world.

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Empires in the pre-modern world laid the cultural foundations that greatly impacted world history and still impact world cultures today. The political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and artistic characteristics of civilizations not only impacted the culture of the original civilization, but it also impacted the way that the world viewed the empire. Many of these aspects of civilizations have proven to be very influential and long-lasting in world history. Think about these examples as you complete the BCR below.

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Brief Constructed Response - Impact of Pre-Modern Cultures

Choose three cultural aspects from any pre-modern civilizations, such as those found in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and describe how these cultural aspects impacted the civilizations in which they developed and how these cultural aspects continue to impact the world today.

  • Describe how the cultural aspects you have chosen originally impacted the civilizations in which they emerged.
  • Explain how these cultural aspects continue to impact the world today.
  • Include details and examples to support your answer.

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