This unit, as the title says, covers the sweep of modern Western history that makes up the bulk of the world history curriculum. The material is extracted out of textbooks and woven into a single narrative, brought to life with images and ranging from large geopolitical movements to the details of personal life, all contributing to the sense of personal independence that is the major legacy of Western civilization. Starting with the end of the Renaissance, the unit covers the emergence of the modern nation-state; intertwined religious and political conflict; the birth of modern physics; some of the glories of Western art and music; the exploration and colonization of the New World; revolutions in Europe and America; the American Civil War; Industrialization; Romanticism and Realism; ending in the unification of the modern German nation as a prelude to World War I. For a modest fee, this material is presented with a powerpoint slideshow (with substantial lecture notes included in slides) accompanied by an outline, a multiple-choice test of over 40 questions with an answer key. The material may be taught in its entirety or used selectively over time to vary the course material.
World History, Catholic Church, England, France, Germany, Russia, New World, Colonization, Science, Isaac Newton, American Revolution, French Revolution, Napoleon, American Civil War, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism