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FC: World History in a Book of Stories By: Madison Miller & Brittaney Brogan
1: Table of Contents: Page 2-3: Ancient River Valley Civilization Page 4-5: Classical Era Page 6-7: Post Classical Asia Page 8-9: Medieval Europe Page 10-11: Renaissance Page 12-13: Enlightenment Page 14-15: World War One Page 16-17: World War Two Page 18-19: Cold War
2: Ancient River Valley Civilization
3: Once upon a time, four early river valley civilizations existed. They were alike in more ways than one. Their names were: China, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and Indus Valley.The first Chinese civilization arose on the Yellow River, which got its name from the yellow fertile soil, called loess. Mesopotamia was born in the Fertile Crescent, which is a curved shaped of fertile land in between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The Nile River banks accompanied the Egyptians, who built the pyramids, which are the burial sites for the Pharaohs of Egypt. The northwest border of India was home to the Indus River Valley, where the Indus people settled. Occasional monsoons occurred in this area, causing strong seasonal winds.
4: Once upon a time there was Mycenaean Civilization located in the mainlands of Greece. The people who settled there were known as Mycenaeans. The Mycenaean kings fought in a ten year war against Troy, a city located in Anatolia. The Greek soldiers opened the war in Troy because the Trojan soldiers kidnapped the wife of the Greek king. Then, the Dorians, which were a group of people from a different land, moved into Mycenae, which was the city of the Mycenaeans. Although the Dorians were far less advanced than the Mycenaeans, they soon caught up to the most powerful fighting force in the nation, or phalanx. Many years later, in a land far away, Rome, the main city of Italy, government collapsed because they tried to move the capital. If this hadn't of happened, Italy as we know it today, would be a more Islamic centered area of the world instead of a Catholic/Christian centered country.
5: Classical Era
6: Post Classical Asia
7: Once upon a time the Han Dynasty ruled China for more than 400 years. They established multiple monopolies. These occur when a group has exclusive control over the production of goods. The Han dynasty expanded these monopolies all over the Empire. To unify these monopolies, the government introduced assimilation, or the process of making things a part of the Chinese culture. With the amount of trade happening in China, it was found necessary to create the Silk Roads, which were a system of ancient caravan routes across Central Asia, along which traders carried silk and other trade goods. If the Mongols hadn't opened the Silk Roads up for safe travel, the amount of imported and exported goods would be dramatically decreased in today's society.
8: Once upon a time, France had a king named Philip the Fourth. King Philip the Fourth didn't get along with Pope Boniface the Eighth. Therefore King Philip chased away Pope Boniface to the city of Avignon in France. Now that the French Pope lives in Avignon, and the Italian Pope lives in Rome, the church began to split, also known as The Great Schism. In the 1300s, a deadly disease, known as the Bubonic Plague, killed 1/3 of Europe's population. Due to the Bubonic Plague, people lost faith in the church. This happened because they would pray for it to disappear, but it didn't. If the Bubonic Plague hadn't occurred, Europe's population would have been intensely larger, and Catholicism would have been widely spread.
9: Medieval Europe
10: The northern renaissance began in the late 1400s. Renaissance was an explosion of creativity in Europe, meaning the traditions that were set by the authorities were being questioned. Northern writers, like Desiderius Erasmus, tried to change society with their publications. Erasmus wrote a book, Utopia, or "no place", in 1516. It was about an imaginary place full of peace-loving people, which paralleled what Europe was looking for, and trying to change. Then Johann Gutenberg, a craftsman from Mainz, Germany, invented the printing press, a machine that presses paper against an inked movable type. He then used his invention to print a complete Bible, known as the Gutenberg Bible. If the printing press hadn't of been created, then the communication in society would be a lot slower.
12: Once upon a time, there was a period in Europe called the Enlightenment Era; it was a movement when political scholars attempted to apply the principals of reason and the scientific method to all aspects of life. Thomas Hobbes, an English politician, believed that people gave up their rights to a strong ruler to in return get law and order in society; This was called the social contract, but the philosopher. John Locke, believed that people learn from experience and could improve themselves. Locke tried to implement that all people were born free with natural rights, known as life, liberty, and property. He also believed the purpose of the government was to protect these rights. If the European colonists hadn't embraced these Enlightenment ideas, our society would be less advanced today due to lack of individualism.
15: World War One | Once upon a time, there were two opposing groups called the Allied Powers and the Central Powers. The Allied Powers consisted of Great Britain, France, and Russia while the Central Powers contained Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria. Austria-Hungary declared war in Serbia because Serbia killed Franz Ferdinand, whom was the heir to the throne. This started World War One. Most of the battles took place on the Western Front, deadlocked region located in northern France. Peace was made on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. This treaty punished Germany, placing the sole responsibility of the war on Germany's shoulders. If Germany hadn't of been blamed of World War One, then Germany wouldn't have lost all their territories in Africa and the Pacific Islands. Germany would be allowed to have military forces, and Germany wouldn't of had to pay the $33 billion in war debt.
16: In 1939, the world began it's second world war. This was due to a man named Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party, who were people that took immaculate pride in their country. They persecuted people unlike them at home, mainly Jews, and led a tax in neighboring countries. Also, the Japanese were looking to expand, and were targeting Asian countries and the United States, which was made evident in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base in Hawaii. In retaliation, the U.S. started the Manhattan Project with the help of the United Kingdom. This was a secret development of atomic bombs that were planned to be dropped on Japan as a fast end to the war by creating destruction, and instilling fear of further destruction, hoping that the bombs would make Japan surrender. The first bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945 over Hiroshima. The second bomb was dropped over Nagasaki three days later as the "final word of the war". If the U.S. hadn't of decided to "say the final word", Japan could have completely demolished the U.S. naval bases, and won the war.
17: World War Two
18: Cold War
19: Once upon a time, there was the United States and the Soviet Union. Both countries were battling for world supremacy and demanding that nations pick sides, which caused the Cold War. In 1949, 10 western European countries, including Canada and the U.S. formed NATO, which was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This was a defense military alliance, and the United States' first peacetime military commitment. In response, the Warsaw Pact, a military alliance formed by the Soviet Union and seven eastern European countries, was formed. Beginning in the 1950s, the U.S. and Soviet Union started the space race, a "competition" to see who would advance to space first. July 20, 1969, The U.S. reached the moon, and the first man on the moon was Neil Armstrong. This event in history made it possible for the U.S. to advance rapidly in science and technology. If the Soviet Union had landed on the moon before the United States, their science and technology would be more advanced then the United States due to more access to space.