Syllabus - World History II
( AD 1500 to Present)
Instructor Mr. MacGuinness
World History - Connections to Today , Ellis and Esler, Prentis Hall,
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.
First Semester - First Quarter
- to instruct and
expose students to the widest panorama of World history, from 1500 AD to
- to provide
examples of how geography relates to the study of world history.
- to assist students
in passing the Standards of Learning World History exam.
I. Introduction to Geography Skills and Review of World
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
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
F. Imperialism in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
G. Mid Term Exam
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.
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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