World History explores the changes created by the events and people of the past and explains how these changes impacted modern times. The material is organized sequentially, exploring history from 1400 CE to the present day. Starting with the Renaissance and the Reformation, the course will highlight the cultural, economic, political, and social impact of innovation and intellectual thought. Further changes will be uncovered with the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of imperialism and nationalism. The closing topics emphasize global conflicts and diplomacy, as seen in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Upon completion of the course, students have an appreciation for the patterns of historical change and their impact on modern society.
- Causes of World War I
- Key military events of World War I
- Influence of communism and the Bolshevik Revolution
- Recovery of Europe after World War I
- Popular culture of the 1920s
- The Great Depression
- Hitler and Stalin
- Factors leading up to World War II
- Key military events of World War II
- Conclusion of World War II Recovery after World War II
- Characteristics of the Cold War
- Decline of imperialism in Africa
- The spread of nationalism in India and the Middle East
- Japan’s economic success
- Nationalism in Latin America
- Relations between Latin America and the United States
- Analyze how militarism, imperialism, and nationalism caused World War I.
- Explain how the conclusion of World War I set the stage for worldwide depression, the rise of totalitarianism, and the outbreak of World War II.
- Identify how key military events led to technological advancements and the conclusion of World War II. Compare the different ideologies of the United States and the Soviet Union following World War II.
- Explain how postwar global politics led to the rise of nationalist movements in Africa and Southeast Asia.
- Identify and explain the historical relationship between the United States and Latin American countries.