FALL 2014


Some notes are the same as those used in earlier semesters, while some are updated

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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 Europeís 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 25% of the course grade.

Directions for Research Projects

In recognition of the challenges posed by an honours course, three points will be added to each studentís 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 studentís 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  


2014 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. 

AUG  4    Homeroom

AUG  5    Introduction

AUG  6    The Middle Ages

AUG  7    The Beginning of Modern History

AUG  8    The Renaissance; Slides 

AUG 11    A Rebirth of Art and Literature      Renaissance Europe Map due

AUG 12    The Old World and the New World      Physical Map of Latin America due

AUG 13    The Reformation

AUG 14    The Reformation Spreads 

AUG 15    The Counter-Reformation              Physical Map of Europe due


AUG 18    Tudor England                         Quiz:  Physical Map of Latin America

AUG 19    Elizabeth I and the Invincible Armada

AUG 20    France, the Hapsburgs, and the Thirty Years War     Quiz:  Physical Map of Europe

AUG 21    Review 

AUG 22    Test 1:  Early Modern History


AUG 25    The Sun King

AUG 26    The Sun King                              Absolute Monarchy Map due

AUG 27    The Stuarts

AUG 28    The English Civil War

AUG 29    The Enlightenment



SEP  2    Eastern Europe and the Balance of Power

SEP  3    Review

SEP  4    Test 2:  Absolute Monarchy                Royal Families Chart due

SEP  5    The French Revolution


SEP  8    The Reign of Terror

SEP  9    The Best of Times and the Worst of Times  Napoleonic Europe Map due

SEP 10    Napoleon 

SEP 11    The Industrial Revolution                 1860s Europe Map due 

SEP 12    Reform   


SEP 15    Nationalism

SEP 16    The Springtime of Nations; Deutschland ‹ber Alles music  Physical Map of Anglo-America due 

SEP 17    Storm and Stress: 19th Century Art and Ideas

SEP 18    Review                                    Physical Map of Africa due  

SEP 19    Test 3:  Nineteenth Century Europe


SEP 22    Anglo-America and Australia                Quiz: Physical Map of Anglo-America  

SEP 23    Anglo-America and Australia                Map of Anglo-America due 

SEP 24    Latin America                              Map of Latin America due  

SEP 25    Latin America

SEP 26    The Middle East                            Map of the Middle East due 


SEP 29    The Scramble for Africa                    Map of Africa due   Quiz: Physical Map of Africa

SEP 30    South Asia and the East Indies             Map of Asia due

OCT  1    East Asia

OCT  2    Review

OCT  3    Test 4: The Age of Imperialism



OCT 13    The Great War Begins                       Map of Europe in 1914 due

OCT 14    Life in the Trenches

OCT 15    The Treaty of Versailles   Map of Europe after WWI due; Map of the Middle East after WWI due

OCT 16    The Russian Revolution 

OCT 17    Lenin and Stalin 


OCT 20    Life under Communism 

OCT 22    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Review

OCT 23    Test 5:  The Great War and the Russian Revolution

OCT 24    The West between the Wars

OCT 24    Worldwide Nationalism


OCT 27    The Rise of Fascism

OCT 28    Hitler 

OCT 29    Nazi Germany

OCT 30    The Final Solution

OCT 31    Blitzkrieg


NOV    The Rise of Japan                         Physical Map of Asia due                   


NOV  6    War in the Pacific                        Map of the Pacific in WWII due 

NOV  7    War in the Mediterranean

NOV  8    The Eastern Front and D-Day


NOV 10    The Tide Turns                            Quiz: Physical Map of Asia

NOV 11    The Atomic Age and Review

NOV 12    Test 6:  World War II

NOV 13    The Post-War World

NOV 14    The Iron Curtain


NOV 17    Two Chinas and Two Koreas

NOV 18    The Korean War  

NOV 19    The War in Vietnam 

NOV 20    The End of Empire          

NOV 21    Review

NOV 24    Test 7:  The Cold War

NOV 25    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War 





DEC  1    The Fall of Communism

DEC  2    The Fall of Communism

DEC  3    The European Union

DEC  4    Post-Colonial Africa

DEC  5    The Consequences of Colonialism  


DEC  8    Israel and Palestine

DEC  9    Terrorism

DEC 10    Life in an Islamic Republic

DEC 11    The Development of Latin America

DEC 12    The Rise of Asia


DEC 15    Review  *

DEC 16    Test 8:  A New World Order 

DEC 17    Review

DEC 18    Review




This page last updated 5 December, 2014.
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