This lesson gives an overview of the diplomatic history of the 1700s, focusing on the struggle between Austria and Prussia in the in the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years war.
As with a lot of the more tragic/epic events in history, such as wars, I like to present the part of this lesson on the Seven Years War as a timed slide show that tells the story through pictures and text. Making this especially effective is accompanying it with somewhat somber music to set the proper mood. The excellent documentaries that Ken Burns has done for PBS are the primary inspiration for this. The major difference is I have had to condense these lessons so teachers can present them in one class period.
When I first tried this approach, I was surprised at how much my students liked it. Therefore, I've applied it to my lessons on the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the disastrous colonization of Africa, and virtually all my lessons on art and major wars. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. For a suggested song list, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the PowerPoint, the color flowchart develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia.
NOTE: This Powerpoint comes with the flowchart in the older color scheme. However, it does have one slide with the newer color scheme if you want to convert the other slides.
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