Students will begin the year by reviewing the Age of Absolute Monarchs and the Enlightenment, the first struggle for Empire, and by considering the importance of the American Revolution in the larger context of World History.  This will set the stage for the study of the rise of the nation-state in Europe, the French Revolution, and the economic and political roots of the modern world. They will study the origins and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, 19th century political reform in Western Europe, and Imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. They will explain the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century, including World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Finally, students will study the rise of nationalism and the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world.  This course will also attempt to examine American influence on world events and the influence that world events have had on United States history.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

TERM ONE                Opening activities and expectations, review of Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, Absolute Monarchs, and the Enlightenment. Impact of French and American Revolutions, The Industrial Revolution; Democracy and Reform in Europe.

TERM TWO                Rising European Nationalism and subsequent Imperialism, World War I: causes, course, and consequences; the Russian Revolution of 1917; Paris Peace Conference: The Treaty of Versailles; Global Communism.

TERM THREE            The Great Depression: causes and global consequences; Fascism and Totalitarianism; the Second World War: geography, leaders, factors and turning points; the Holocaust

TERM FOUR              The Cold War; The Collapse of the Soviet Union: A New World Order?
Democracy and Human Rights; Decolonization, and Modern Middle East, War on Terrorism.