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Current topics include the memory of the Holocaust, dealing with memorials in Germany,
legacies of genocide and history, Benedict XVI Read: "Plague of
5/24 (Block 4)
Current topics include the breakup of Yugoslavia, nationalism and religion in Eastern Europe, effectiveness of EC in crisis
Current topics include European immigration and its
relation to nationalism, riots in France
Today we did heavy research in the library for our
project and discussed some research techniques.
Current topics include interview
techniques, topic overview, & European perspectives on religion Read: "Europe's Mosque Hysteria" by Walker (handout) Assignment: Be
prepared to discuss the article Project: Contact your interview subject and plan
for your time together. See the new and improved Project Webpage for tips, links, and planning.
topics include piety, beliefs, and religion in Europe Read: Time Europe: "O, Father Where Art
Thou?" Assignment: Submit proposal of general and specific idea of where
to head in "Making History Project" and identify your working groups. Be ready
to discuss article assigned and your project.
Current topics include the AP Test (in review), introduction of "Making History"
project. Read: "Impious Europe" (handout) Assignment: Submit
proposal of general and specific idea of where to head in "Making History
Project" and identify your working groups. Be ready to discuss article assigned and
Current topics include essay writing review, political review, and Stalin versus Hitler AP
Test: I hope you all did well on the test. We will talk about it when you return.
Current topics include the Cold War and totalitarianism Remember: Get a good
night's sleep the night before the test or your grade will not reflect your abilities. AP
Test: Use your time wisely and study for the test on May 5th.
4/24-5 Current topics include turning points of WW2, Operation Overlord. Read:
pp. 989-1000 (Sophs & Srs); McKay pp. 989-1000, 1001-1013 (Jrs) Study:
There will be a reading quiz next week, first cycle. Use your time wisely and study for
the test on May 5th.
topics include the road to WW2, the Munich Pact, and the Holocaust Read: McKay
pp. 957 through the end of Chapter 29 Study: Use your time wisely and study
for the test on May 5th.
topics include the rise of Adolf Hitler and fascism, post-war politics, and the start of
WW2 Read: McKay
pp. 953-957 through Radical Totalitarian & pp. 966-971, Hitler"
section QoD: Write your own quality question and answer it.
topics include the Russian Revolution & the rise (and fall) of liberal Europe. There
is a Unit Test next class on the Great War. Assignment: Study
for the Unit Test next class.
Current topics include strategies and weapons of the Western Front, "Total War" Read:
McKay pp. 904-10 Assignment: DBQ handed out in class
Current topics include strategies and weapons of the Western Front, "Total War" Read: McKay pp. 897-904, 911-916 "Peace Settlement" QoD: 1)
Was it fair for the Allies to blame Germany for WWI at the Versailles talks? Explain your
Current topics include pre-war tensions, invasion of Belgium, death of cavalry, Schlieffen
Plan Read: "Never
to Rise Again" from Krupp (handout) QoD: 1) Should Gustav Krupp have been
tried as a war criminal?
topics include alliance system of pre-war Europe, the start of WWI, and the German blame
game Read: Wells
WWI sec. 8 (handout) and McKay pp. 895-900 from The Marne thru
Widening" QoD: 1) Is there any hint of Wells British affiliation
in his description of the war he lived through? 2) Reflect on how the Germans could
have better prepared for the war.
Current topics include the MAIN causes of WWI, complex alliance system, effect of
realpolitik Read: Tignor
Cultural Modernism pp. 329-31, 48 (handout) QoD: 1) Did
modernism set the stage for WWI as some have suggested or was WWI an effect of
pre-modern thinking? 2) How much did modernism reflect the anxiety of
post-industrial, pre-war Europe?
Took unit test. Read: McKay p. 887 (intro) to p. 895 (end of
"Discussions on the Outbreak") QoD: 1) What, in your best estimation, was
the most important systemic cause of the Great War? Explain your argument and give clear
Current topics include power politics leading up to WWI, utilitarianism, imperial motives Assignment:
Get ready for test next week in the first cycle. (#4 on Monday, #5 on Tuesday).
Current topics include the Pan-Slavic movement, reign of Abdulhamid II, realpolitik,
utilitarianism, and power politics leading up to WWI Read: Study
McKay Ch. 24-26 Assignment: Get ready for test next week.
Current topics include Victorian Britain, modes & methods of imperialism, the fall of
the Ottoman Empire, and the Dreyfus Affair Read: McKay
Reactions to Imperialism pp. 877-882
QoD: Write your own this time. make sure it is broad and covers the topic at
hand. Make sure it also asks you to "judge" something and that it is high-level.
2/27-8 Current topics include late 19th
century political parties and Germany Read: McKay
Imperialism pp. 868-877
How much of a factor was the "cult of science" in the development of
2) How did African imperialism of the Victorian era break with the sort of
imperialism that preceded it?
2/23-4 Current topics include the reign of Wilhelm II, Kaiserliche Marine,
Victorian political parties Read: McKay
The Great Migration pp. 863-8
What played the greatest role in the mass emigration of the Great
Migration? (i.e. political troubles, war, overcrowding, economic difficulty,
modernization, etc.) Make your argument using specific examples.
2/21-2 Current topics include document
analysis (APPARTS) and the German Empire Read: McKay
Industrialization... pp. 855-863 QoD: 1)
Was the British involvement in the Opium War justified? Why or why not? 2) How
much of a role did late 19th century industrialization play in the rise of the
second wave of imperialism?
Current topics include
differing perspectives of German Unification, the relation of Victorian imperialism and
technology Read: McKay
Modernization of Russia pp. 835-838 and Marxism and the Socialist
Movement pp. 846-50 QoD: 1)
conclusions can you draw about Alexander IIs rule in Russia? Was
he a good leader or a poor one for Russia at the time? 2) Was Marxism, in its pure
form, a good solution to the problems of the masses in Europe?
Current topics include the
rise of Bismarck, the Franco-Prussian War, and Paris Commune. Read: McKay "The
Responsive National State" pp. 838-846 QoD: 1)
Were Bismarcks policies effective in strengthening Germany's position as a major world power? How so or how not? 2) How
was nationalism in the second half of the 19th century different from the nationalism of the
classical liberals? Explain using specific examples.
include the rise of the German nation, the Seven Weeks' War Read: "Paris
1870-71" (handout) QoD: 1)
Who was the more legitimate controller of the government in Paris: the Paris Commune or
the Versaillist forces of the emperor? 2)
If you were a Paris communard, what would have been your response to the report in the London
2/6-7 Current topics include career of
Napoleon III, fate of industrial cities. Read: McKay pp.
812-7 "Science and Thought" QoD: 1)
To what extent was the rise of the "cult of science" an effect of the Industrial
Revolution? 2) What dangers exist politically and philosophically because of the
rise of the "cult of science?"
Current topic is the 1848
revolutions and their political consequences. Read: McKay pp. 787-95 "Taming
the City" QoD:
1) What, do you feel, was the biggest problem early industrial cities faced
in the mid-1800s? 2) What was the most effective way to rid the
cities of disease?
1/30-1 Current topic is the 1848
revolutions and its consequences. Read: House of Krupp Ch. 4. (handout) QoD:
would Alfred Krupp think of the 1848 revolutions? Justify.
2) What effect do you feel the unification will have on Krupps steel
business? Was it the reason or part of the reason Krupp became a great power in the
Semester Exam taken
Current topics include the Concert
of Europe & 19th century art movements. Final exams are scheduled. Block 4 (Tuesday
1/24 8:30 a.m.); Block 5 (Tuesday 1/24 10:20 a.m.)
Current topics include the
Age of Metternich, 19th century political and social direction. Read: McKay Ch. 25
pp. 823-833. (If you have time begin Ch. 24 pp. 787-804.) QoD: 1) Was the
unification of Germany beneficial to the "German" people? to Europe in general?
Explain your argument.
Current topics include
mid-19th century political movements, role of Napoleon in mid-19th politics, Congress of
Vienna. QoD: Define the political status of these three characters from
mid-19th century Europe using quotes from their own writings, which can be found all over
the Internet. Metternich, Tocqueville, & Marx. What are their opinions on
1) property rights, 2) monarchies, 3) democracy ?
Current topic is
construction of history and the 19th century "ism's". Read: McKay
"Mazzini" pp. 784-5 and begin Ch. 25. QoD: 1) How, do
you feel, the 1848 Revolutions affected the outlook of this later writing by Mazzini? 2)
Compare your beliefs about what makes a nation with Mazzinis. How are they
different and similar?