FALL 2011

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Instructor:    Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:  sayersd@jcschools.org
               Home:    dusty@sayersnet.com

Course Web Page:    http://www.sayersnet.com/history

Textbook:    World History by Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis and Anthony Esler, Pearson Prentice Hall, Boston:  2009.

Objective: The purpose of this course is to examine the history of the world from the fifteenth century to the present.  It will examine Western Civilization in Europe and the Americas, as well as its influence on the entire world and Europe’s loss of Empire through internal warfare and world-wide nationalism, and consider current world issues and their background.

1.Most classwork, homework, and quizzes count as one grade each.
2.Notebooks checks count as four grades each.
3.Projects and presentations count as five grades each.
4.Tests (objective and essay) count as five grades each.
5.The final exam will count as 15% of the course grade.

Directions for Research Projects

Directions for Research Papers

In recognition of the challenges posed by an honours course, three points will be added to each student’s final grade.

Extra credit will not be assigned to improve a grade. 

Work is late if it is not ready to be handed in at the beginning of class (unless otherwise instructed).  Late work will receive a penalty of 5 points per day, and must be submitted within five days of the due date.  Missed tests must be made up within three days of a student’s return to school. Tests may require an hour and a half, so always be present on test days! 

1. Be in assigned seat when bell rings.
2. Have class materials ready and personal put away when bell rings.
3. Only speak with permission.
4. Be respectful of others.
5. Turn in work on time.
6. Keep the room tidy.
7. Only leave the room with a hall pass.
8. Quid pro quo  

2010 Fall Session

In case of inclement weather, lecture dates may move back one day for each day missed.  Presentation dates will NOT change; if a presentation date is missed due to weather or illness, students should be prepared to give the presentation on the first day back in school. 

Reading assignments and quizzes will be announced throughout the session.  Be sure to be diligent in reading the textbook.

Reading assignments listed should be completed by the begining of class on the date shown.

AUG  4    Welcome

AUG  5    Introduction


AUG  8    The Middle Ages (255-260)

AUG  9    The Beginning of Modern History (269-275; 282-288) 

AUG 10    The Renaissance; Slides (406-417)

AUG 11    A Rebirth of Art and Literature

AUG 12    The Old World and the New World (444-451; 470-481)


AUG 15    The Reformation

AUG 16    The Reformation Spreads (423-428) 

AUG 17    The Counter-Reformation (431-433)  Quiz 1 

AUG 18    Tudor England (429-430, 516)

AUG 19    Elizabeth I and the Invincible Armada (504-509)


AUG 22    France, the Hapsburgs, and the Thirty Years War (510-511; 525-527) Quiz 2

AUG 23    Review

AUG 24    Test 1:  Early Modern History

AUG 25    The Sun King (510-514)

AUG 26    The Stuarts (516-517)


AUG 29    The English Civil War (517-524)

AUG 30    Eastern Europe and the Balance of Power (525-535)

AUG 31    The Enlightenment (434-439; 540-565) Quiz 3

SEP  1    Review 

SEP  2    Test 2:  Absolute Monarchy



SEP  6    The French Revolution (570-583)

SEP  7    The Reign of Terror (584-590)  

SEP  8    The Best of Times and the Worst of Times  

SEP  9    Napoleon (591-600)


SEP 12    The Industrial Revolution (606-621)

SEP 13    Reform (622-626)

SEP 14    Nationalism (634-644)
SEP 15    The Springtime of Nations; Deutschland Über Alles music (690-708)  Quiz 4



SEP 19    Storm and Stress: 19th Century Art and Ideas (674-685)

SEP 20    Review

SEP 22    Test 3:  Nineteenth Century Europe

SEP 23    Anglo-America and Australia (739-743; 796-800)

SEP 24    PLAN Test


SEP 26    Latin America (645-651; 801-807)

SEP 27    The Middle East (762-766)

SEP 28    The Scramble for Africa (750-759)

SEP 29    South Asia and the East Indies (767-771; 791-795) Quiz 5

SEP 30    East Asia (773-777; 782-790)


OCT  3    Review

OCT  4    Test 4: The Age of Imperialism 

OCT  5    The Great War Begins (812-828)

OCT  6    Life in the Trenches

OCT  7    The Treaty of Versailles (829-838; 861-864)




OCT 17    The Russian Revolution (839-845) Quiz 6

OCT 18    Lenin and Stalin (904-911)

OCT 19    Life under Communism  Quiz 7

OCT 20    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

OCT 21    Test 5:  World War I and the Russian Revolution (Study Guide)


OCT 24    The West between the Wars (881-893)

OCT 25    Worldwide Nationalism (858-861; 865-868)

OCT 26    The Rise of Fascism (894-902; 926)

OCT 27    Hitler (912-917)

OCT 28    Nazi Germany (922-929)

31    The Final Solution (935-937)

NOV  1    Blitzkrieg (930-934) Quiz 8

NOV  2    The Rise of Japan (874-877)

NOV  3    War in the Pacific (869-873; 937-940)

NOV  4    War in the Mediterranean (940-942)


NOV  7    The Eastern Front and D-Day (942-947) Quiz 9

NOV  8    The Tide Turns (948-950)

NOV  9    The Atomic Age (950-953)

NOV 10    Review

NOV 11    Test 6:  World War II


NOV 14    The Post-War World (954-956; 962-969)

NOV 15    The Iron Curtain (970-974)

NOV 16    Two Chinas and Two Koreas (985-991)

NOV 17    The War in Vietnam (992-997)

NOV 18    The Fall of Communism (998-1007; 1042-1047)


NOV 21    The Fall of Communism (998-1007; 1042-1047) Quiz 10

NOV 22    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War





NOV 29    Review

NOV 30    Test 7:  The Cold War

DEC  1    The End of Empire (1014-1023)

DEC  2    The European Union (1096-1098)

DEC  3    The Development of Latin America (1082-1088)


DEC  6    The Rise of Asia (983-984; 1076-1080; 1099)

DEC  7    Israel and Palestine (1032-1037)

DEC  8    Terrorism (1054-1059; 1115-1119)

DEC  9    Post-Colonial Africa (1024-1031, 1048-1053)

DEC 10    The Consequences of Colonialism 


DEC 13    Review Quiz 11

DEC 14    Test 8:  A New World Order

DEC 15    Review






This page last updated 7 December, 2011.
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