Advanced Placement European History


Jacques-Louis David: Bonaparte at St. Bernard


Truth is the daughter of time
                           -Sir Francis Bacon

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Essay: The Children's Crusade

Course Syllabus

Kagan: The Western Heritage, Online Site

Units of Study

Part One: Foundations:
 

      The Foundation of Modern Europe

    The Legacy of Antiquity
    The People of Europe on the Eve of the Renaissance
    Crisis and Calamity in the Late Middle Ages
   

 

           The Renaissance

            The Italian Renaissance
            Social Change in the Renaissance/\
            The Northern Renaissance
     

 

              
  
   Reformation

     The Lutheran Reformation
     Zwingli, Anabaptism and Calvinism
    The English Reformation
    The Catholic Reformation
    Social Effects of the Reformation
   
                                 
                         
                               
 
                                 
        The Age of Religious Warfare

         The Wars of Religion in France
          Religious Conflict in Great Britain
          The Crusades of Philip II
          The Thirty Years War
       

  

                                                                       

Part Two: Modern Nation-States    

                 

  Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe     

    
  
  The Nature of Absolutism
     Absolutism in France
     The Decline of Absolutism in Spain
    The Dutch Republic of the Seventeenth Century
 
   
Constitutionalism in England and the English Civil War
    

 

                     

    Absolutism in Eastern Europe

    Lord and Peasant in Eastern Europe
  Absolutism in Austria and Prussia
  Russia under Ivan IV and Peter the Great

        
                                           

Part Three: New Cultural and Political Horizons

 

                                        
     The Scientific Revolution

      Aristotle to Copernicus
     Tycho Brae and Galileo
     Descartes and Newton
     The Culture of Science

 

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             The Enlightenment

        The Early Enlightenment and the Philosophes
       The High Enlightenment
       Enlightened Despotism 

 

 

    Social Change in the Eighteenth Century

     The Agricultural Revolution
   The Population Explosion and Growth of the Cottage Industry
   The Rise of the Atlantic Economy
   The Life of the People of the Eighteenth Century

 


Part Four: Revolutionary Europe 
      

 

  The French Revolution

   Decline of the Ancien Regime
  The Second Revolution
  The Era of Napoleon Bonaparte

 

 

                      
       The Industrial Revolution

     The Revolution in Great Britain
     Industrialization in Continental Europe
     Capitalism and the Working Class
    

 

               
        
Restoration, Radicalism and Revolution
       
Europe After Napoleon

         The Congress of Vienna
        Radicalism and Socialism
        Romanticism
        Reform and Revolution
        The Revolutions of 1848
 

 

            Life In Emerging Urban Europe

                         Urban Life on the Eve of the Twentieth Century
          Rich, Poor, and Middle Class Life
          Changes in European Family
          Science and Evolution 

 

 

Part Five: Nationalism and Unification

 


                      The Age of Nationalism

          France under Napoleon III
          The Unification of Germany and Italy
          The Rise of Modern Russia
          The Modern Nation State, Marxism and Socialism

 

 

                     The Age of Imperialism

                    Industrialization and the Western Economy
                    Western Imperialism
                    Responses to Western Imperialism

 

 

 

                 War and Revolution

               The First World War
               The Home Front
               The Russian Revolution
               The Peace Settlement 

 

 


                       The Age of Anxiety

                    Uncertainty in Modern Thought
                    Modern Art and Music
                    The Search for Peace and Stability
                    The Great Depression 

   

       

               


                        Dictatorships and World War II   

                    The Rise of the Totalitarian States
                    Stalin and the Soviet Union
                    Mussolini and Fascist Italy
                    Hitler and National Socialism
                                                 The Second World War

         

 

                                                  

            The Cold War and Social Transformation

            The Cold War
            Soviet and Eastern Europe, 1945-1968
            Social Transformation in Europe after World War II
            The Collapse of Communism