In World Cultures Part 2, students will continue to examine the geography, history, and culture of the world beginning with the absolutist kings of the 1500s and ending with modern-day world culture. In each unit, students will study the major powers for each historical era. The course will begin with a discussion of Europe's absolutist kings, revolutionary movements, and the Age of Enlightenment. Next, students will turn their attention to the Industrial Revolution and to the European empire-building in Africa and Asia. The course will then move to an examination of a world at war and will cover the Great War, nationalist movements in Russia and Asia, and World War II in addition to the Cold War, Third World independence, and struggles for democracy. The course will end by exploring current global issues such as terrorism, technology, and the global economy. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained a well-rounded, informed understanding of the world around them.
It is recommended that students successfully complete World Cultures Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Describe conflicts in Europe to discuss why Europe was unstable.
- Explain how Enlightenment ideas spread throughout Europe to and reformed monarchies in Prussia, Austria, and Russia.
- Summarize the factors that led to the French Revolution to describe the creation of the National Assembly and the Republic.
- List the results of the Congress of Vienna to show how the ideas of the French Revolution continued to influence people.
- Identify the elements of colonial society to analyze what caused unrest in Latin America.
- Identify the links that create nation-states to explain how nationalism weakened empires.
- Explain why impressionists reacted against realism to compare the two art movements.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Explain the beginnings of industrialization in Britain to describe key inventions that furthered the Industrial Revolution.
- Describe the social and economic effects of industrialization to examine growing tensions between the middle and working classes.
- Trace the development of democratic institutions in France to discuss how they differed with England’s.
- Describe Africa before European domination to summarize the motives of European colonizers and the factors that allowed them to control Africa.
- Summarize the decline of the Ottoman Empire to describe the Crimean War.
- Summarize the acquisition of European colonies in Southeast Asia to explain how Siam remained independent.
- Explain how Latin America’s colonial legacy shaped its history to analyze its social structure.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Identify the political and military forces at work in Europe in the late 1800s to summarize the events that set World War I in motion.
- Explain events that led to the Treaty of Versailles to identify the effects of the treaty on European powers.
- Summarize the Bolshevik Revolution to discuss its outcome.
- List problems the new Republic of China faced to trace the rise of communism in China.
- Describe the rise of independence movements in Southwest Asia to discuss its impact on the region.
- Trace the moves of European fascists in seeking world power to summarize why British and French appeasement and American isolationism failed to stop fascist aggression.
- Describe the Allied strategy in Europe to summarize events that led to the surrender of Germany and Japan.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze the U.S.-Soviet postwar split to define the Cold War.
- Explain how the Cold War affected developing nations to explain the unrest in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.
- Describe the renewal of Cold War tensions in the 1980s to analyze their impact on the USSR’s collapse.
- Describe the formation of Israel to trace the conflicts between Israel and Arab states.
- Describe Afghanistan’s struggle for independence and possible association with global terrorism to discuss its role in the War on Terror.
- Identify effects of expanding global communications to evaluate effects of advances in health care, medicine, and agriculture.
- World History: Patterns of Interaction (textbook)
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