Segment A of World History begins with the European Renaissance—a rebirth in learning which had far reaching effects in the world that can still be seen today, and it also saw the rise of absolutism, a form of government in which the ruler exercises “absolute” authority, or unlimited power; absolutism swept through Europe primarily in the 17th century. Students will learn that the Glorious Revolution effectively ended absolutism in England, giving way to the Enlightenment period. The Enlightenment both built on achievements of the past and emphasized the idea of progress, or that man and societal institutions could and should be improved. Enlightenment ideas were strong influences on both the American and French Revolutions. World history continues to influence citizens of the United States and individuals throughout the world today.

Segment B of this course teaches nationalism, imperialism, and democracy shaped the history of 19th century Europe. World War I was the first global conflict that demonstrated the interconnectedness of the modern nation-states. Totalitarian governments presented a threat to global peace and stability and human rights. World War II had multiple key battles and “turning points,” ultimately shifting the momentum toward the Allies. In the Post-World War II era, new international power relations took shape, and colonial empires broke up. While the Cold War defined to a large degree international relationships, the collapse of Communism has resulted in the United States emerging as the sole superpower while emerging economies like China play a larger role on the world stage.


ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: For both segments 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours


Renaissance and Reformation

  • Overview of the Renaissance
  • Classical Models of Western Civilization
  • Renaissance in Italy and Its Movement Northward
  • Scientific Revolution
  • The Reformation

The Age of Absolutism

  • Introduction to Absolutism
  • Golden Ages – Spain and France
  • The English Civil War
  • Absolutism in Russia and Eastern Europe

The Enlightenment

  • The Age of Reason
  • The Enlightenment Expands
  • The American Revolution
  • The American Experiment
  • The French Revolution Begins
  • The Revolution’s Tumultuous Journey
  • The Rise of Napoleon
  • Napoleon’s Demise

Novel Unit: The Jungle

  • Origins of the Industrial Revolution
  • Introduction: Upton Sinclair
  • Chapters 1-6 – Literary Devices in The Jungle
  • Chapters 7-12 – The Industrial Revolution
  • Chapters 13-18 – The Food Industry
  • Chapters 19-24 – The Immigrant Experience
  • Chapters 25-31 -The Progressives


A New Global Age- 1800 – 1914

  • Nationalism in Europe – A German Nation
  • Nationalism in Europe – Italy
  • Nationalism in Europe – The Austrian Empire
  • The Rise of Democracy in Great Britain
  • The Rise of Democracy in France
  • Imperialism in Africa
  • Imperialism in India and China
  • New Global Patterns: Japan and the Pacific Nations
  • New Global Patterns: Canada and Latin America

World War I

  • Nationalism and Alliances
  • Causes of World War I
  • Battles of World War I
  • Treaty of Versailles

The Road to War: The Rise of Dictators

  • Russian Revolution and the Rise of Communism
  • Rise of Fascist Italy
  • Japan Builds an Empire
  • Rise of Nazi Germany

World War II

  • Road to War
  • European Theater
  • Axis vs. Allies in North Africa
  • D-Day and the Holocaust
  • Pacific Theater

Cold War and Spread of Communism

  • Wartime Conferences and Their Impact
  • The Cold War
  • Communism in Russia
  • Communism in Cuba and Vietnam

Contemporary Global Issues 1955 – Present

  • The United States
  • Western Europe
  • Post USSR East Germany & Eastern Europe
  • East Asia
  • The Middle East & South Asia