This is history for the 21st century.
For years, I’ve taught world history using flowcharts as a means to get students to understand the long-term causes and effects of history. Recently, I have worked with my colleague, Dr. Bill Sutton, on designing flowcharts and readings covering American history in a similar way.
However, it became apparent that one can only truly understand American history within the broader context of world history in which it has taken place. As a result, it seemed only appropriate to include the corresponding flowcharts and readings on events in other parts of the world at the same time as events in American history were taking place.
This app (or document, if you prefer) is designed to function as text/curriculum for classes on both U.S. History and Modern World History Since 1500, being cross-referenced between the two entities with hundreds of internal hyperlinks.
For too long, US History has been taught as an isolated process totally independent of the rest of the world’s influence. The US and the World Since 1500 attempts to address that misperception, consisting of 168 flowcharts and accompanying readings presented in three hyperlinked sections:
1) US history to 1945 (with links to events in other parts of the world at that time);
2) Europe and the world from 1500 to 1945; and
3) America and the world since 1945, focusing on both internal developments in the US as well as world events, with an emphasis on America’s dominant role after World War II.
Most of the readings for the flowcharts also have several essays (many of them illustrated) on aspects of history relevant to but not directly covered by that particular flowchart. As a result the app extends to over 1200 pages, but can be easily navigated through a system of built-in links and indices that allow you to quickly go from one flowchart to its reading or any other flowchart in the app and back again. Download the free sample to get a feel for how it works.
In addition, each flowchart has an illustrated timeline fitting the events of that flowchart into the context of the broader history of the time.
Buying this app entitles a teacher to make one classroom set for his or her students.
Any questions or comments are welcome and should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flow of U.S. and World History Since 1500
by Chris Butler
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License