Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide


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It’s the revolutionary world history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.
Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—from Africa and beyond; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialism, revolutions, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it.

The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only one book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in marker colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts. Mnemonics for a memorable shortcut. And quizzes to recap it all.

The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761160946
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Series: Big Fat Notebooks Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 12,289
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

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Workman Publishing Company has been producing award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting guides, and children’s titles, as well as gardening, humor, self-help, and business books, since 1968. From our What to Expect® pregnancy and parenting series and Page-A-Day® Calendars to the iconic 1,000 Places to See Before You Die® and Brain Quest® children's products, our wide range of high-quality non-fiction titles and products inspire, educate, and entertain readers around the globe.

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Hi! These are the notes from my world history class. Oh, who am I? Well, some people said I was the smartest kid in class. I wrote everything you need to ace WORLD HISTORY, from the FIRST HUMANLIKE CREATURES to the INTERNET AGE, and only the really important stuff in between-you know, the stuff that’s usually on the test!
I tried to keep everything organized, so I almost always:
• Highlight vocabulary words in YELLOW
• Color in definitions in green highlighter
• Use BLUE PEN for important people, places, dates, and terms
• Doodle a pretty sweet Trojan Horse and whatnot
If you’re not loving your textbook and you’re not so great at taking notes in class, this notebook will help. It hits all the major points. (But if your teacher spends a whole class talking about something that’s not covered, go ahead and write that down for yourself.)
Now that I’ve aced world history, this notebook is YOURS. I’m done with it, so this notebook’s purpose in life is to help YOU learn and remember just what you need to ace YOUR world history class.

Table of Contents



1. The First Humans and the Paleolithic Era 3
2. The Neolithic Era 17

3. Mesopotamia 32
4. Ancient Africa 43
5. The Phoenicians and t he Israelites 65
6. Ancient India 73
7. Ancient China 90
8. Ancient Greece 105
9. Ancient Rome 126

Unit 3: The MIDDLE  AGES:400 CE–1500 CE 145
10. The Byzantine Empire 146
11. The Rise of Islam in t he Middle Ages 151
12. Early Civilizations of t he Americas 159
13. Medieval India 170
14. The Golden Age of China 177
15. Medieval Japan 185
16. Europe in t he Middle Ages 193
17. The European Crusades in t he Muslim World 205

Unit 4: RENAISSANCE and REFORMATION: 1350–1650 213
18. The Renaissance Begins 214
19. The Reformation 224

Unit 5: The AGE of EXPLORATION: 1400–1800 235
20. Europe Sets Sail 236
21.  Europe Explores Asia (or Tries to) 248
22. American Colonies 255

Unit 6: REVOLUTION and ENLIGHTENMENT: 1500–1865 265
23. The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment 266
24.  Monarchies Rise in Europe 277
25. The American Revolution 287
26. The French Revolution 297
27. Nationalism A cross Europe and Independence Movements in South America and Haiti 307
28. The American Civil War 315
29. The Indust rial Revolution 325
30. The Women’s Movement 338

Unit 7: The ERA of IMPERIALISM: 1800–1914 343
31.  The European Quest for Imperialism 344
32. The Scramble for Africa 353
33. Japan Modernizes 361
34. The Spanish-American War 369
35. Reactions to Colonization 377

36. World War I 388
37. The Great Depression  409
38. Political Shifts After the War 415
39. World War II 427

Unit 9: POST–WORLD WAR II: The WORLD from 1945 to TODAY 449
40. Changes in Europe and t he Middle East After World War II 450
41. The Cold War 461
42. Nationalist and Independence Movements After World War II 475
43. Modern Global Transformations 485
44. Global Security and Major World Events of Today 495

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