World History II

According to many scholars, the 18th century, where this semester begins, is the point at which history becomes "modern," and with good reason. It is during this time that the people of the past, along with their economic, social and political institutions, begin to look very much like us.  The superstition and conjecture that ruled so much of life through the Middle Ages gave way in the 18th century to a faith in the power of reason to make sense of and structure society. This shift had important implications for all aspects of society, giving rise to an economic system based on supply and demand, a social system based upon the ideal of equality and a political system based upon nation-states and democracy. Much of this semester will be devoted to tracing the rise of these systems through the 19th and 20th centuries. Along the way, the class will practice important reading, writing and thinking skills to help prepare students for the challenges they will face as pupils and citizens both inside and outside the classroom.

This site will serve as a kind of recap for in-class  assignments and assessments. Copies of unit guides, hand outs, text book pages covered in lectures and activities will be posted here on a regular basis. If you miss a day of class, you should check this site before school the next day. If there is any additional information you would like on the site, please let me know and I will do my best to include it here. I look forward to working with all of you this semester.