In this course, we'll be exploring how historical events have shaped to world we have come to know today. We'll begin by exploring history before there was history and journey through time up until the enlightenment. In each civilization we visit, we'll examine their social and political structures to see how they served the people who lived in those societies, the problems those structures solved and the tensions created by them. We'll also see how civilizations rose, grew, changed, merged and collapsed. Through the course, you'll understand how many of the ways our society developed have their roots in the history of these many ancient societies.