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Middle Ages: A Non-European Perspective

These sites contain information on the societies and cultures that existed outside of Europe during the time period known as the Middle Ages. Students can learn about African Kingdoms such as Ghana and Mali, the Asian Empires of Mongolia and Angkor, the Dynasties of Imperial China, and more. There are timelines, maps, articles, and pictures. Included are eTheme resources for additional information on China and the contemporary societies of North America.


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This interactive site covers 3,000 years of global history from political, religious, cultural, and scientific perspectives through hyperlinked timelines, maps, and biographies.
The chronological listing of events is one of the most fundamental tools in history. This interactive site uses a series of hyperlinked timelines and articles developed by instructors and students for use in history classes allows users to see relationships between periods and events more easily. NOTE: The site includes a Google link.
Explore this site to learn about the Kingdoms of West Africa, including Ghana, Mali, Songhay, and more. There is a timeline, bibliography, maps, and audio clips. NOTE: The site includes a link to a forum.
Click on the map to learn more about each African Kingdom. Explore the links on the left to learn more about the culture. On the "Road to Timbuktu" you can see videos about the University of Timbuktu and a 400 year old library in Haidara.
Great Zimbabwe was one of the few African urban cultures south of the Sahara built off of no cultural ideas imported from outside Africa, so far inland that it never felt the political or cultural effects of Islam during its existence. NOTE: The site has a link to a forum.
The Kingdom of Kongo flourished from the late Iron Age until the seventeenth century. Read about the once largest state in Western Central Africa, and listen to Professor Bethwell Ogot of Maseno University talk about the splendor of the Kongo. NOTE: The site has a link to a forum.
Read an encyclopedia entry about Korea during the middle ages.
Read an interview with China expert Professor Robin D. S. Yates to learn what he has to say about China's Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1280).
Read and encyclopedia entry about the Dynasty that ruled China from 1368 to 1644.
This site contains ideas for an internet research project, activities comparing feudalism in Japan and Europe, a lesson plan about Japanese castles, and links to other informative sites about Japan.
Students can learn about the importance of the class system in Medieval Japan through this game activity. NOTE: The site includes sponsored ads.
Read about the Golden Age of Islam and the Arabic contributions to philosophy, mathematics, science, and medicine.
This site contains information on the faith, culture, inventions, and major historical figures of the Islamic Empire, as well as lesson plan ideas. See videos of some of the architectural accomplishments of the era, or view an interactive timeline.
Read all of the sections in this article to learn about the history and organization of the Ottoman Empire that lasted from the Middle Ages until the twentieth century.
The Ottoman Empire was a crossroads of trade and culture between Europe and Asia. In this lesson plan activity, students can create a map and draw the trade routes between parts of the Ottoman Empire and lands outside of the Empire. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Read an article about the Khmer empire. NOTE: This site includes banner ads, other types of ads, and sponsored links.
Read an encyclopedia entry about Mongolia. Explore the links to learn more about the Khans, Tatars, and the Empire of the "Golden Horde."
In this lesson, students can learn about Genghis Kahn and Mongolia during his reign. Some of the links on the page do not work.
Read a timeline biography of Genghis Kahn and see a map of his Empire. This site also has classroom ideas and links to further resources.
Learn about the ancient civilization of the China. Read about their daily life, history, dynasties, and ancient celebrations. See the art and the Great Wall. Learn about Confucius and Chinese women as warriors.
These websites are about the Mayas and their culture. There are lesson plans, maps, timelines, quizzes, and cartoons. There is information about their culture, government, religion, and more. Includes a link to an eTheme on Ancient Western Civilizations.
Explore the ancient civilizations of the Maya, Inca, Aztec, Cahokia, and Anasazi. Includes pictures, audio clips of music, and 360-degree virtual realities.
Explore the ancient civilizations of the Maya, Inca, Aztec, Cahokia, and Anasazi. Includes pictures, audio clips of music, and 360-degree virtual realities.

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