Select one of the questions below, and answer it in a 3-4 page, typed, double-spaced essay. The questions are designed to be answered using information gleaned from the textbook, the primary documents book, and the lectures/class discussions. You are welcome, though, to use outside resources to complement these sources.
Your essay must contain a bibliography (Works Cited) page, and should have in-text, parenthetical references. Papers must be submitted by the end of the day on Monday, June 6.
Looking at the four early river valley civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China), why has Egypt captured such a disproportionate share of westerners’ attention? In other words, why do people in the United States know (generally) more about Egypt than the other three civilizations?
Why did Rome (both a republic and as an empire) last so much longer than Greece. They pinnacle of Greek civilization was only about 10 years (the 5th century BCE), but Roman civilization lasted almost 1000 years (500BCE to 500CE). Why was Rome able to thrive for so long, and Greece was not?
Why was Alexander the Great able to conquer as much land as he did in such a short amount of time?.
How do we account for the development of different types of societies in medieval Africa? Discuss at least three specific examples in your essay.


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