This course asks students to consider the ways in which social theorists, institutional reformers, and political revolutionaries in the 17th through 19th centuries seized upon insights developed in the natural sciences and mathematics to change themselves and the society in which they lived. Students study trials, art, literature and music to understand developments in Europe and its colonies in these two centuries. Covers works by Newton, Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, Marx, and Darwin.
This course covers the role of physics and physicists during the 20th century, focusing on Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Feynman. Beyond just covering the scientific developments, institutional, cultural, and political contexts will also be examined.
This course covers French politics, culture, and society from Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte. Attention is given to the growth of the central state, the beginnings of a modern consumer society, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, including its origins, and the rise and fall of Napoleon.
This 15-minute video lesson provides an overview Communism and the Marxist-Leninist States. [History playlist: Lesson 5 of 26]
This course surveys the rise, growth, and flowering of world civilizations in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. It emphasizes diversity as well as universal themes which unite all human cultures. It is appropriate for grades 11-12, community college stidents, and university underclassmen.
This class is a global survey of the great transformation in history known as the "Industrial Revolution." Topics include origins of mechanized production, the factory system, steam propulsion, electrification, mass communications, mass production and automation. Emphasis on the transfer of technology and its many adaptations around the world. Countries treated include Great Britain, France, Germany, the US, Sweden, Russia, Japan, China, and India. Includes brief reflection papers and a final paper.
Welcome to Modern World History! This is the textbook for an undergraduate survey course taught at all the universities and most of the colleges in the Minnesota State system. Similar courses are taught at institutions around the United States and the world, so the authors have made the text available as an open educational resource that teachers and learners can read, adapt, and reuse to meet their needs. We’d like to hear from people who have found the text useful, and we’re always open to questions and suggestions.
This course covers the political, social and cultural history of Europe from 1815 to 1900, including the history of each major European nation.
This textbook is an introduction to Western Civilization. Topics include the rise of civilization, early civilizations, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, early Roman civilization, the Byzantine Empire, the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, the development of Russia, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the rise of the nation-states.
This hybrid textbook and open course is a comprehensive set of teaching materials for Western Civilization I (until 1648), created through a Round Six ALG Textbook Transformation Grant. Topics covered include prehistory and ancient history by region, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation.
Lesson 1: The Age of Enlightenment, Reason & Scientific Revolution
Lesson 2: Changes in Political Thought: Imperialism, Colonialism, Nationalism, & Revolution
Lesson 3: Cultural Life, 1700-1900 - Arts, Music, Literature, & Religion
Lesson 4: The World Outside the West
Lesson 5: Industrialization & Lived Experiences
Lesson 6:The World in Two Wars
Lesson 7: Post-Colonial World Culture & Globalization
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