Syllabus - World History II ( AD 1500 to Present)            Instructor Mr. MacGuinness
World History - Connections to Today , Ellis and Esler,  Prentis Hall, Inc.   1997

     This course offers a historical and cultural study of World History. An emphasis will be placed on geographic influences , with an increased attention on the development and evolution of the nation-state. The theme of change with regard to scientific and technological advancements will be highlighted. Attention will also be focused  upon the connections between the people and events of the twentieth century. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of artifacts and primary and secondary sources to uncover and understand specific historic events and issues.
Course Objectives:
First Semester - First Quarter
I.     Introduction to Geography Skills and Review of World History I
II.     Emergence of Modern Nations – Chapters 14 - 19
A.     Renaissance and Scientific Revolution
B.     Strong Monarchies of Europe
C.     Development of England’s limited monarchy and colonies
D.     French Revolution and Napoleon
Second Quarter
III. Industrialization , Reform, Authoritarian Regimes – Chapters 20 - 26
A.     The Changing  Countries of Asia
B.     The Industrial Revolution begins in Great Britain                           
   C.   Changes in Science and Culture
   D.  Reform Movements in the Western World
E.     Unification of Italy and Germany, Russia-the Autocratic Giant
F.     Imperialism in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
G.     Mid Term Exam
Third Quarter
IV. The World at War, The Twentieth Century  - Chapters 27 - 33
   A. WWI - Causes and Events of  World War I.                
B.     Russian Revolution
C.     The Great Depression and the Rise of Totalitarianism ( Between the Wars )  
   D.  Political Movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America
   E.  WWII - Causes and Events of World War II.
    a. The Nazi Holocaust, Genocide
b.     New Technologies, the Atomic Age.
 Fourth Quarter
 V. The Post War Years  - Chapters 33 - 37
   A.  The Cold War - The European Struggle to regain stability
   B.   Changes in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
D.     Advancements in Technology and Culture After  World War II
E.     Standards of Learning exam
F.     Final Exam

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