The study of power as it relates to Global History and
Geography is the study of how
religions often affect others beyond their
sphere of influence. The
Roman Empire at its
height controlled most of the Mediterranean world, extending its
influence far beyond its borders.
Islam, which started in
modern day Saudi Arabia, quickly spread its influence beyond to
control much of the same area the Romans had centuries before.
In the twentieth century, the ideology of
fascism quickly spread
out of Italy and Germany to influence most of mainland Europe,
mainly through military force.
The study of power is often the
study of one culture's ideas and values supplanting another's,
often through force. During the
Age of Exploration,
European countries extended their political, social, and
economic power to take over, and in many cases destroy, native
cultures around the globe. This occurred again in the 19th
century, when European countries sought to control others for
The study of power is often a look at the
darker side of human history. Yet, the power of the
world's major religions has often been a positive
cultures as they provide codes of conduct and morality to work
toward in times of strife. The power of
Europe during the
Middle Ages helped to keep society running
during those dark times.
This site is designed to aid students in
reviewing the concept of Power in preparation
for the New York State Regents Exam in Global History
and Geography. In addition, students may test their
knowledge of the material presented here by accessing
multiple-choice questions from past Regents Exams.