Traditions and Encounters, AP Edition (Bentley), 5th Edition

Chapter 2: Early Societies in Southwest Asia and the Indo-European Migrations

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the early development of Sumer.
  • Compare and contrast the Mesopotamian empires.
  • Describe the significant developments of specialization and trade in the Mesopotamian economy.
  • Explain the emergence of a stratified patriarchal society.
  • Outline the causes and effects of a written cultural tradition in Mesopotamia.
  • Discuss the influences of Mesopotamian civilization on other regional societies.
  • Identify the key aspects and effects of the Indo-European migrations.

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