The Upside of Isolated Civilizations

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How was physical isolation an incredible opportunity for the ancient Egyptians, the Mayans of Mesoamerica, and the Medieval Japanese? Show your class three distinct civilizations that, while isolated from other nations, experienced great cultural success and achievement. Before presenting the video, try asking your young historians what they think the benefits of isolationism would be, and what physical circumstances could allow a society to remain isolated. 

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  • Offers great connections between three distinct civilizations, and highlights their major cultural achievements and world contributions
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