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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.