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Renaissance to Modern History for Middle School, Part Two

Follow the exciting tale of how steam power, social ideas, and dictators impacted Western Civilization.

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade. High school students are also welcome – adjustments can be made to assignments for older students

Suggested credit: One full semester European, World, or Modern History


This class traces the course of Western Civilization from the fall of Napoleon up through and including the Cold War, roughly 1800-1990. It includes studies of imperialism, the World Wars, decolonization, and the emergence of the nuclear era.


Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments
The Nineteenth Century
Week 2: New Politics and Powers
Week 3: Industrialization
Week 4: New Theories and Ideas
Week 5: New Nations and Nationalism
Week 6: America- To the Civil War
Week 7: America- Civil War and Reconstruction
Week 8: America- Growth
The Twentieth Century
Week 9: Imperialism
Week 10: The Age of Progress
Week 11: World War I
Week 12: The World Between Wars
Week 13: World War II
Week 14: The Cold War

Materials and Homework

Course materials: All course materials are provided FREE by the instructor.

Homework: Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short  (1-2 page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter. 

NOTE: High School students taking this course may instead write a 3-5 page book review

Also, students will have one short (5-10 minute), ungraded review quiz per week based on classroom lectures and discussions.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Wednesdays, January 10 to April 24, 2024. No class Feb. 14 or Mar. 27.

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

Duration per class: 55 minutes

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