Modern World History: Period G

Instructor: Mr. Ferreira, Jr.

Welcome to the academic year 2016 - 2017 and to Modern World History, a course in which you will examine & analyze historical events and developments from the heights of the development of enlightened thinking to the depths of the degradations of trench warfare and genocide.

This course is intended for the student who is seriously interested in history. Students will learn content and interpretations of historic eras including:

·         The Enlightenment and Revolutionary-era concepts

·         the Industrial Revolution

·         post-Industrial Revolution science, culture, and reform (including Marxism)

·         the unification and problems of pre-World War I nations

·         Western imperialism

·         World War I and the Russian Revolution

·         the Great Depression and the rise of the totalitarian dictators

·         Developing-world political forces

·         World War II

·         the Cold War

·         post-Cold War eras

·         world political, economic & social globalization

Students use texts and other sources (primary source readings and historic films), and engage in activities such as critical thinking skill exercises, maps, debates, and timelines. Assessment is based on objective and essay tests, outside projects, homework, quizzes, classroom activities, and a research paper.

We begin the course with an examination of the ideas that developed during the Age of the Enlightenment, ideas that became the foundation for the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man & Citizen.  We hope you will be amazed at the power an idea can have on the entire world.  To quote the title character from the film, V for Vendetta,


"We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught. He can be killed and forgotten. But four hundred years later an idea can still change the world. I've witnessed firsthand the power of ideas. I've seen people kill in the name of them; and die defending them. But you cannot kill an idea, cannot touch it or hold it."


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