Western Civilization II

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Exploring the Great Ideas in History from 1450 to Date

Course Description: This course is a survey of Western human history and explores simultaneously relevant Great Ideas in each chapter. It explores the social, political, religious, intellectual and artistic achievements from the age of exploration to the present day. Beginning with the European discovery of the new world, this course proceeds through the rise of European Monarchy and a form of globalization, the scientific revolution, the enlightenment, political revolution and Napoleon, to the industrial revolution, romanticism, realism and through the world wars and on into the twenty first century. The syntopical or synthesis based exploration of the Great Ideas makes this course much more than a study of the facts of thousands of years of history. Rather by tracing Great Ideas throughout it becomes a means to discover and revive intellectual traditions.

Release Date: April 2017
Format: Online Course
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Preface: Syntopical Course Guides and Open Educational Resources (OER)

  1. Pedagogical Approach: Where Great Works and Digital Delivery Meet in Conversation
  2. Syntopical Thinking: Great Conversations that Center around Great Ideas Found in Great Works www.thegreatideas.org
  3. The Paideia Approach and the Importance of Discussion and Experiential Learning
  4. How to Use This Syntopical Course Guide
  5. The Seven Syntopical Steps:
    1. Pre-Learning Reflection
    2. Syntopical Learning Great Idea
    3. Core Text Readings
    4. Online Research
    5. Project Based Learning: Socratic Discussion and Short Essay Assignments
    6. Post-Learning Reflection
    7. Suggestions for Further Learning

Introduction: What is History?

Table of Contents

  1. THE RENAISSANCE

The Italian Renaissance

Renaissance Society and Culture

The Italian States in the Renaissance

Intellectual Renaissance

Artistic Renaissance

The European State in the Renaissance

The Church in the Renaissance

  1. THE REFORMATION

Prelude

Martin Luther and the Reformation in Germany

The Spread of the Protestant Reformation

The Social Impact of the Protestant Reformation

The Catholic Counter-reformation

Politics and the Wars of Religion in the Sixteenth Century

  1. THE NEW WORLD, 1500-1650

A New World

The Portuguese and Spanish Empires

New Rivals on the World Stage

European Expansion

World Economy

  1. STATE BUILDING IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

Social Crises, War, and Rebellions

The Practice of Absolutism: Western Europe

Absolutism in Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe

Limited Monarchy and Republics

The Flourishing of European Culture

  1. THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION

Background

Astronomy

Medicine and Chemistry

Descartes, Rationalism, and a New View of Humankind

The Scientific Method and the Spread of Scientific Knowledge

  1. THE ENLIGHTENMENT

The Enlightenment

Culture and Society

Religion and the Churches

  1. EUROPEAN STATES, INTERNATIONAL WARS, AND SOCIAL CHANGE

The European States

Wars and Diplomacy

Economic Expansion and Social Change

The Social Order of the Eighteenth Century

  1. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEON

The American Revolution

Background to the French Revolution

The French Revolution

The Age of Napoleon

  1. THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

The Industrial Revolution in Great Britain

The Spread of Industrialization

The Social Impact of the Industrial Revolution

  1. REACTION, REVOLUTION, AND ROMANTICISM, 1815-1850

Conservative Order (1815-1830)

Ideologies of Change

Revolution and Reform (1830-1850)

Ordered Society

The Mood of Romanticism

  1. NATIONALISM AND REALISM, 1850-1871

The France of Napoleon III

National Unification: Italy and Germany

The National State in Midcentury

Industrialization and the Marxist Response

Science and Culture in an Age of Realism

  1. MASS SOCIETY AND PROGRESS, 1871-1894

Industrial Prosperity

Mass Society

The National State

  1. MODERNITY AND IMPERIALISM, 1894-1914

Intellectual and Cultural Developments

Politics

Imperialism

International Rivalry and the Coming of War

  1. TWENTIETH-CENTURY WAR AND REVOLUTION

The Road to World War I

The War

War and Revolution

The Peace Settlement

  1. EUROPE BETWEEN THE WARE, 1919-1939

Peace?

The Democratic State in the West

Authoritarian and Totalitarian States

Mass Culture and Mass Leisure

Cultural and Intellectual Trends

  1. WORLD WAR II

Prelude to Ware (1933-1939)

The Course of World War II

The New Order

The Home Front

After of the War

  1. COLD WAR AND A NEW WESTERN WORLD 1945-1965

Cold War

Decolonization

Recovery and Renewal in Europe

The United States and Canada

Postwar Society and Culture

  1. THE WESTERN WORLD 1965-1985

Protest

A Divided Western World

The Cold War

Society and Culture in the Western World

  1. THE WESTERN WORLD A GLOBAL AGE (SINCE 1985)

New Western Order

After the Cold War

New Directions and Problems

Western Culture Today

The Digital Age

A Global World

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