Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Locate on maps the geographical centers of historical development since 1648 C.E.
2. Identify and analyze the interrelationships among major world civilizations and their unique contributions to the Western tradition, and assess their continuing influence today.
3. Apply historical knowledge to an analysis of controversial issues in Western history.
4. Compare and contrast differing opinions on critical historical developments, and distinguish disciplined historical thinking from fable and antiquarianism.
5. Demonstrate critical, independent thinking through analysis of historical events and trends using a variety of primary and secondary
I. Absolutism and Constitutionalism
A. Royal Absolutism in France
B. English Constitutionalism
C. Russia and the West
II. The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment
C. The Philosophes and the focus on reason
III. Eighteenth-Century Social Structure
IV. French Revolution and Napoleonic Era
A. The Crisis of the Old Regime
B. European Wars and the American Revolution
C. The French Revolution
D. The Age of Napoleon
V. Industrial Europe
A. The traditional economy
B. The Industrial Revolution in Britain
VI. Social Transformations and Political Upheavals
A. Effects of industrialization on social structures
B. Ideological divisions: 19th century Liberalism and Conservatism
C. Protest and revolution: political demands of the working class
VII. Nationalism and Statebuilding
A. Shaping the New Consciousness: Romanticism and Socialism
B. The Crimean War
C. Unifications of Italy and Germany
D. Sources of political and social progress
VIII. The West and the World, 1870-1914 C.E.
A. The New Imperialism
B. Results of a Western-dominated World
C. The European Balance of Power
D. Culture of Progress
IX. War and Revolution, 1914-1920 C.E.
A. Background of WWI
B. The Western Front
C. Consequences of the War
D. The Russian Revolution
X. Search for Stability, 1920-1932 C.E.
A. Recovery and transformation
B. Stalinist Russia
C. Rise of Fascism
XI. World War II
A. Ultra-Nationalism and military buildup
B. German aggression and declaration of war
C. Axis victories
D. Japan and war in Asia
E. The Holocaust
F. Allied victory and the legacy of war
XII. Global Conflicts, 1945-Present
A. Political polarization in the 1950s
B. The Cold War and the world
C. Decolonization and modern nationalism
D. End of the Cold War
E. The European Union
F. Challenges of the 21st Century
Making Europe, vol. II. Kidner, Frank, et al. Wadsworth: 2009
The Making of the West (3rd), vol. II. Hunt, Lynn. Bedford, St. Martins: 2008.
The West in the World (4th), vol. II. Sherman, Dennis, et al. McGraw Hill: 2010.