People, Places, & Events of World History

People, Places, & Events of World History is designed for high school students. As part of the design of this world history course, students study the following 15 basic components of cultures: Agriculture, Architecture, Communication, Discoveries, Dominant Personalities, Education, Families, Food, Government, Industry, Energy, Military, Religion, Sports, and Transportation. In covering history in this manner, students gain a cultural perspective of life in various time periods, rather than following a strictly chronological approach to studying historical events.

This course consists of six chapters that cover time from 5000 B.C. to 2011 A.D. The first chapter begins with evidence of civilization in the Fertile Crescent and expands from there to the major continents of the world. Throughout the six chapters of text, Biblical and Christian history is treated as fact; and related people, events, and quotations are interwoven as part of the telling of world history.

The writers incorporate a conversational, narrative style designed to engage students. Interesting vignettes on different aspects of the world’s cultures enrich the already interesting text. Selected vocabulary words are highlighted and defined to help promote understanding. Black-and-white illustrations, maps, and time lines are sprinkled throughout each chapter to create mental images that enhance comprehension of the People, Places, & Events of World History. This set of texts is used as one part of the study of world history in our Heart of Dakota guide. Combining multiple resources allows students to gain a fuller and richer understanding of world history as students read about history from the perspectives of varying authors.

There are honestly so many topics and people interwoven into the narrative of the six chapters of these texts that it would be difficult to list them all. Instead, here is a list of a smattering of topics from each chapter to give you an idea of the breadth of coverage.

Chapter One General Topics:
Mesopotamian civilizations, Ancient Greece, Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, and Ancient North and South American civilizations

Chapter Two General Topics:
Greek life and the rise and fall of Greece, Roman life and the rise of Rome, Incan and Mayan cultures, the Seven Wonders of the World, Hebrew culture, Ancient religions in India and China, Phoenicians, Celts, Josephus, Vesuvius, Native American cultures, King David, King Solomon, Esther, Daniel, Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Caesar

Chapter Three General Topics:
Slavery in Rome, Life and Ministry of Christ, Spread of Christianity, Buddhism in India, Saxons, Hadrian, Great Wall of China, Apostle Paul, Pliny, Ambrose, Gregory I, Constantine, Patrick in Ireland, Muhammad and Islam, Japan, Byzantine Empire, Cliff Dwellers, Chinese silk production, Irish Culdees, Attila the Hun, Gaul, Celtic culture

Chapter Four General Topics:
Holy Roman Empire, Crusades and Islam, Dome of the Rock, Genghis Khan, Mound Builders, Battle of Hastings, Vikings, Magna Carta, King Arthur, Dante, Aquinas, Luther, Wycliffe, Spanish Conquistadors, Gutenberg’s Printing Press, Spanish Armada, Galileo, Geneva, Gunpowder, Chinese inventions, Columbus, Tyndale, Calvin, Magellan

Chapter Five General Topics:
Queen Elizabeth, John Bunyan, John Wesley, Southwestern Native Americans, Puritans, Pilgrims, Isaac Newton, Joan of Arc, African slaves, William Shakespeare, King James’ Bible, Renaissance, Michelangelo, Leonardo daVinci, John Milton, Karl Marx, American War for Independence, William Carey, French Revolution, Napoleon, George Handel, American Civil War, Salvation Army, Louis Pasteur, Industrial Revolution, Beethoven, Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, Alexander Graham Bell, Red Cross, Florence Nightingale, Steam Trains, Captain Cook

Chapter Six General Topics:
Socialism, Fascism, Communism, Gandhi, Islam and Holy Wars, Panama Canal, Railroads, Electricity, World War I, World War II, Great Depression, Einstein, Atomic Energy, Automobiles, Airplanes, Radio, Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Hitler, United Nations, Man in Space, Free Enterprise, Evangelism, Crusades, Poverty, Fashion, Fast Food, Television, Computers, Terrorists, Natural Disasters, Space Exploration, Other Wars

You can see the first lesson of Chapter One here.