In your opinion, what makes a society “civilized”? By identifying some societies as civilized, are we creating “uncivilized” societies? What parts of our current society would the Egyptians, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Harappa empires deem our society as uncivilized? Make sure you use proper APA format for all citations. Please review the Discussion Board Rubric for specific expectations in participation and postings. Make sure to include the political, social, economic, cultural and military similarities and differences of the empires. Write your paper in proper APA format while citing a minimum of 3 sources. Please review the Comparison Grading Rubric for specific expectations. Which period in Greek history, Classical or Hellenistic, do you believe contributed the greatest cultural influence on our society? Provide specific examples in your explanation. Please use proper APA format for all citations. Please be sure to review the Discussion Board Rubric for specific expectations in participation and postings. Who do you believe was the greatest emperor of the Roman Empire? Support your answer with specific examples of greatness and the outcome of their decisions. Please use proper APA format for all citations.

Choose one of the following early civilizations presented in this unit: Persian Empire and Mauryan Empire. In what ways is this civilization similar compared to the civilizations that came before them in the same geographical areas? In what ways is this civilization different compared to the civilizations that came before them in the same geographical areas? Do you believe this civilization was responsible for the fall of the earlier civilization(s)? Make sure to include the political, social, economic, cultural and military similarities and differences of the empires. Write your paper in proper APA format while citing a minimum of 3 sources. Please review the Comparison Grading Rubric for specific expectations. Define the “dynastic cycle.” How is it connected to Confucianism? Do you believe the “dynastic cycle” is unique to China or can it be applied to other civilizations? Provide specific examples with detail that support your answer. Please make sure to cite all sources and use APA. Compare the cultural influence between Japan and China during the periods focused on in this unit. Make sure to include how China affected Japan’s government and religion and the changes Japan made in developing their own culture.

Provide specific examples with details and ensure you are citing all sources and using APA. For this discussion there are two parts. Please make sure to answer both parts completely. What are the differing Islam views of the Sunnis and Shi’ites? Find a current event article (over the past 5 years) that highlights a Sunni and Shi’ite conflict. Provide a summary of the article and explain how the conflict may or may not be connected to the differing Islam views. Make sure to provide a link to the article within your post. Make sure to include history, basic beliefs, as well influence on law and social justice in society. Summarize 1 specific example of a conflict that arose between two of these religions. After careful analysis of this conflict, explain why you believe conflicts arise in general between differing religious groups. Write your paper in proper APA format while citing a minimum of 3 sources. Please review the Religion Comparison Grading Rubric for specific expectations. In what aspects was Charlemagne not a typical ruler? What roles did the church and political centralization play with the 1066 conquest of England?

With the understanding of the Crusades, explain the trends you see in that region that mirror the Crusades: how could this change? Please use proper APA format for any citations. After reviewing the bubonic plague, how would a disease like the plague spread in the current world? What impact would it have on society? What industries would be impacted and how? After reviewing the materials in this unit, what were the major reasons for each country to search for new land? Do you think they were successful in accomplishing their goals? Were there any negative effects to exploration? With regard to the Protestant Reformation, in what ways was Luther a conservative thinker compared to others such as Calvin or the Anabaptists? Could the reform have begun a century prior? Why or Why not? Compare the rise of civilizations in Mesoamerica and Andean South America. How are they similar to the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus River Valley, and the Yellow River Valley? Why do you think civilizations which developed half way across the world exhibit similarities? How are they different? Are there specific reasons why differences exist? What do you believe is the single greatest contribution from any of the civilizations of Mesoamerica and Andean South America to today’s world? 1. Compare and contrast the development/creation of the empires/kingdoms. 2. Compare and contrast the political, social, economic, cultural and military similarities and differences of the empires. 3. Compare and contrast the decline/fall of the empires/kingdoms. 4. Explain which of the empires/kingdoms you choose had the greatest influence on our society today. Make sure to provide examples. 5. Explain which of the empire/kingdom you choose was the most civilized. Provide examples supporting your choice.

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