|Modern European History-Honors (Grades 11 & 12)
(Alternates years with Ancient and Medieval History)
This course offers the student an opportunity for a thorough examination of study topics which include the Renaissance and Reformation, development of central governments in Europe, trade and exploration, revolutions, industrialization, nationalism, imperialism, and the growth of technology. The twentieth century is included with focus on two world wars, totalitarianism, socialism, fascism, and democracy. A glance at Asian, African, and Latin American developments which occur as parallel history are injected. The time frame for this study is the fifteenth century to the twentieth century C.E. Extensive reading will be a requirement, and a minimum of one project each marking period will be assigned. One term paper and an in-depth book analysis are required. A variety of experiences are provided with an emphasis on art in history, the theater as reflective of society, mapmaking of the Treaty of Westphalia, music and society, films and literature as an insight into society. Higher order thinking skills are stressed and encouraged. This course dealing with the study of political, economics, and society development of Europe over the period of the past four centuries is offered for those students who wish to devote a good deal of time and energy to a serious study of history.
Textbook Titles: The Western Heritage, 7th ed. (Prentice Hall)
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque