Course: World History II

V World History II • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above • History Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Bruce McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section dates, meeting times, and tuition are still being determined.
* Website
There is currently no teacher website for this course.
* Description
Year two of this two-year World History continues the overview of political, social, and economic developments in all parts of the world, beginning with the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, then continuing with the colonization of Africa, the rise of the Ottoman Empire in Asia, the continuity of dynastic rule in China and the development of the shogunate order in Japan. Focus then shifts to the revolutions in America and Europe and the Industrial Revolution, the rapidly changing economics and power struggles of imperialism, and the struggle for national identity in the wake of World War I. Most of the later part of the course focusses on developments in the twentieth century, including the rise and fall of superpowers and the stuggle over globalization.

Lectures and readings provide students with a solid grounding in the key names, dates, civilizations, and movements of world history, while seminar-type live chat discussions help students develop the tools of historiography and explore unifying thems on use of resources, the establishment of communities, and the expression of power across time periods and geographical boundaries.

Dr. Christe McMenomy and Dr. Bruce McMenomy provide different interpretations of key movements and events, helping students develop their own interpretations of history.

* Meetings
This course meets 2 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
There are weekly reading assignments from the textbook, or from material provided on the website (see course page for details). Brief quizzes cover this material, and students are required to write short one-paragraph essays about the reading material before each class, as an aid to discussion. There will also be larger written assignments from time to time, giving students the opportunity to learn to think and write about history in ways that require more than memorizing historical facts.
* Prerequisites
None
* Recommended background
World History I is a helpful precursor, but not required.
* Instructor's Notes
Note 1: a class website is under construction and will be available soon. Check back for further details. Note 2: in a departure from prior years, this course will be taught by Mr. Christiansen, with Dr. McMenomy as an occasional guest teacher.
V Textbooks and Materials
* A History of World Societies (Edition: 9)
John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Roger B. Beck, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
This text is required.
ISBN: 0312666918
Publisher's website: A History of World Societies
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: No earlier editions, please. Used versions of the current (ninth) edition are entirely acceptable, however, and are available at a substantial reduction in price. Renting the book from Amazon.com or purchasing it as an e-book is also possible. The volume linked is the combined volume, for the whole two years of the course.


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