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Renaissance to Modern History for Middle School, Part Two

Join this dynamic middle school history course on Renaissance to Modern times. In Part Two, you’ll start with the New World and travel to the Cold War. (If you have younger students, this course fits with the Homeschool Connections Grade School Unit Study Program for grades 3-6 so that your whole family can learn the same era together.)

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 7th to 9th

Suggested credit: One full semester History, Church History, or World History


The purpose of this course is to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the history, ideas, and culture of the early modern Western world (from about 1300 until now), as well as develop an understanding of the nature of religion and its proper role in society. This era is a major transitional period in the history of the West: Christendom collapses with the rise of the modern nation-state, the visible Church is sundered, secular humanism surfaces, “religion” is slowly forced into a state of socio-political privatization/ marginalization, and new philosophies are developed that reinforce and expand this new world order. At the same time, the natural sciences, art and architecture, world exploration and capitalism come into their own in a tremendous expansion of human activity.


Class 1: Opening the Atlantic

Class 2: The New World

Class 3: The Sun King and Cromwell

Class 4: The Glorious Revolution and the French Revolution

Class 5: Napoleon: From Republic to Empire

Class 6: End of Napoleon and the Aftermath

Class 7: Review for Midterm

Class 8: Industrial Revolution and rise of Nationalism

Class 9: Imperialism and the Church confronting the world

Class 10: The Great War

Class 11: The Red Revolution

Class 12: World War II

Class 13: The Cold War and cultural changes

Class 14: Review for Final

Materials and Homework

Course materials: Armenio, Peter, The History of the Church, Woodridge, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, 2005, first edition. ISBN 978-1890177461 Available from your favorite Catholic homeschool vendor or used through BookFinder.com. Note: While this is a high school textbook, the instructor has used it successfully with middle school students. Students will only read selections of the book.

Homework: For each class, students will be required to read a selection from the textbook, and take a short 10 question quiz. There will also be one paper written for the class.

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