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 the major events of militarism that caused political and national strife, igniting both world wars.
- Explain the influence of new ideologies, such as communism, on Europe following World War I, and examine the causes of the Bolshevik Revolution.
- Discover the influence of World War I on popular culture, political change, social issues, and economic failures, including the Great Depression.
- Evaluate the effects of the Treaty of Versailles, paying special attention to how it contributed to the causes of World War II. Describe the transition to a global economy following World War II.
- Analyze the tensions between two emerging world powers, the United States and the Soviet Union, which eventually led to the Cold War.
- Summarize the spread of nationalism and its effects on the Middle East, India, and the changing relationships between Latin American countries and the United States.
- Explain the reasons for the decline of imperialism in Africa after World War II.