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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  

2008 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 show what we will read in class before a semi-colon and what will be read at home that night after a semi-colon.  Be sure to have read everything listed before a given date before arriving in class that day.  Everything listed for that date will be read during or after school that day.

AUG 8     Welcome
AUG 9     Introduction

AUG 11    The Middle Ages; pages 255-260

AUG 12    The Beginning of Modern History; pages 269-275, 282-288
AUG 13    The Old World and the New World; pages 444-451; 470-481
AUG 14    The Renaissance; Slides; pages 406-417; 437-439
AUG 15    A Rebirth of Art and Literature; pages 418-422; 487-497

AUG 18   
Renaissance Drama; pages 423-427
AUG 19    The Reformation; pages 428, 431-433
AUG 20    The Reformation Spreads
AUG 21    The Counter-Reformation; pages 482-486
AUG 22    Tudor England; pages 429-430, 516; 452-456, 461-465

AUG 25    Elizabeth I and the Invincible Armada
; pages 457-460, 504-509
AUG 26    France, the Hapsburgs, and the Thirty Years War
; pages 510-511, 525-527
AUG 27    Test 1:  Early Modern History

AUG 28    The Sun King
; pages 510-515
AUG 29    The Stuarts
; pages 516-517

SEP  2    The English Civil War
; pages 517-520; 520-524
SEP  3    Eastern Europe and the Balance of Power; pages 525-529; 530-535
SEP  4    Locke and Newton; pages 540-548; 549-556
SEP  5    The Enlightenment; pages 557-565

SEP  8    The Enlightenment
SEP  9   
Test 2:  Absolute Monarchy
SEP 10    The French Revolution; pages 570-577; 578-583
SEP 11    The French Revolution; pages 584-590
SEP 12    The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

SEP 15   
The Reign of Terror; pages pages 592-600, page 591
SEP 16    Napoleon; pages 606-611
SEP 17    The Industrial Revolution; pages 612-615; pages 616-626
SEP 18    Reform; pages 634-637; pages 638-643
SEP 19    Nationalism; pages 690-695; pages 700-708

SEP 22   
The Springtime of Nations; Deutschland Über Alles music; 674-680
SEP 23    Storm and Stress: 19th Century Art and Ideas; pages 681-685
SEP 24    19th Century Ideas
SEP 25    Test 3:  Nineteenth Century Europe
SEP 26    Anglo-America and Australia;  739-743; 796-800

SEP 29   
Latin America; 645-651-801-807
SEP 30    The Middle East; 762-766; 750-753 
OCT  2    The Scramble for Africa; 754-759
OCT  3    South Asia and the East Indies; 767-771; 791-795

OCT  6   
East Asia; 773-777; 783-790
OCT  7    Test 4: The Age of Imperialism
OCT  8    The Great War Begins; 813-828
OCT  9    Life in the Trenches;  829-838
OCT 10    The Treaty of Versailles


OCT 20   
The Russian Revolution; 839-845;  861-864
OCT 21    Lenin and Stalin; 904-911
OCT 22    Life under Communism
OCT 23    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
OCT 24    Test 5:  World War I and the Russian Revolution

OCT 27   
The West between the Wars; 881-890; 891-893
OCT 28    The West between the Wars
OCT 29    Worldwide Nationalism; 858-861; 865-868
OCT 30    The Rise of Fascism; 894-897; 898-902, 926
OCT 31    Hitler; 912-917

NOV  3   
Nazi Germany; 922-929
NOV  5   
The Final Solution; 935-937
NOV  6    The Holocaust
NOV  7    Blitzkrieg; 930-934

NOV 10   
NOV 11    The Rise of Japan; 874-877
NOV 12    War in the Pacific; 869-873; 937-940
NOV 13    War in the Mediterranean; 940-942
NOV 14    The Eastern Front and D-Day; 942-947

NOV 17    The Tide Turns
; 948-950
NOV 18    The Atomic Age; 950-953
NOV 19    Test 6:  World War II
NOV 20    The Post-War World; 954-956; 964-969
NOV 21    The Iron Curtain; 970-974

NOV 29    Two Chinas and Two Koreas; 985-989; 989-991
NOV 30    The War in Vietnam; 992-993; 994-997

DEC  1    The End of Empire;
1014-1019; 1020-1023
DEC  2    Test 7:  The Cold War
DEC  3    The Fall of Communism
1000-1003; 1004-1007; 1044-1047
DEC  4    The European Union; 1096-1098
DEC  5    Post-Colonial Africa; 1024-1031

DEC  8    The Consequences of Colonialism;
DEC  9    Israel and Palestine; 1032-1037
DEC 10    Terrorism; 1054-1059; 1115-1119
DEC 11    The Development of Latin America; 1082-1085; 1086-1088
DEC 12    The Rise of Asia; * 983-984; 1076-1080; 1099

DEC 15    Technological, Cultural, and Environmental Change
DEC 16    Test 8:  A New World Order
DEC 17    Review
DEC 18    Review


This page last updated 14 December, 2008.