World History II-The Renaissance to Industrialization: 1500-1900

"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference"
                                   -Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States

Students in World History II class will study changes to post-medieval Western Civilization, from the era of the Renaissance and Reformation up through the Industrial Revolution in Europe. 

The cultural and political impact of European society, and Western Civilization upon the world is vast. This culture heavily influenced the United States of America, and became the dominant culture for many other parts of the world.

The objective of this course is for West Monona students to understand how European civilization developed after the Medieval period ended, and how these changes ultimately impacted the United States of America. Students will concentrate on several major themes: 
  • The changing role of religion in society and changes in religion itself, specifically Christianity.
  • The Scientific Revolution in Europe, and the discoveries it produced.
  • European expansion into Asia, Africa, and America.
  • The English Civil War.
  • The concepts of the Enlightenment in Europe and America. 
  • Democratic revolutions in America and France based on the ideals of the Enlightenment. 
  • The development of political institutions in Europe and America.
  • The industrialization of Europe. 

Unit 1:  The Renaissance & Reformation
  • The Italian Renaissance  
  • The Northern Renaissance
  • The Protestant Reformation
  • The Counter (Catholic) Reformation
  • Culture and Daily Life

Unit 2:  The Americas
  • The First Americans
  • Cultures of North America
  • Central American Culture & Andean South America  
Unit 3:  Exploration and Expansion
  • The Scientific Revolution
  • The Foundations of European Exploration
  • Voyages of Portugal and Spain
    • Triangular Trade  
    • The African Slave Trade
  • The Spanish and Dutch Empires
Unit 4:  Monarchs of Europe
  • France in the Age of Absolutism
  • Russia in the Age of Absolutism
  • Central Europe in the Age of Absolutism 
  • The English Monarchy 
Unit 5:  Enlightenment and Revolution in England & America  
  • Civil War and Revolution in England  
  • Constitutional Monarchy in England
  • English Colonial Expansion
  • The Enlightenment
  • The American Revolution, Democracy, Republic
  • Foundations of American Government & Citizenship
Unit 6:  The French Revolution and Napoleon
  • The Roots of Revolution 
  • The French Revolution
  • The French Republic
  • The Napoleonic Era
  • A Return to Peace

Unit 7:  The Industrial Revolution
  • Origins of the Industrial Revolution
  • The Factory System
  • New Methods in Business Organizations
  • Living and Working Conditions
  • Socialism
Unit 8:  Life in the Industrial Age
  • Advances in Technology and Communication  
  • Advances in Science and Medicine
  • Social Sciences in the Industrial Age
  • Society and Culture in the Industrial Age
  • Literature, Music, and Art in the Industrial Age