Document_bw World History - Semester 2

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The second semester of World History covers the time period from about 1500 to the present. This semester looks at the rise of Western Europe and the impact this rise has on the rest of the world. Students will begin by studying political, cultural, and scientific developments in Europe that result in the creation of centralized nation-states, including the reign of absolute monarchs on the mainland and parliamentary developments in England. These political developments and scientific innovations from the periods known as the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment begin a period of European domination in the Western Hemisphere. Revolutions within Europe trigger drastic political, economic, social, and cultural change beginning in the period of the French Revolution of the late 1700s and continuing through the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. These revolutions spread and become global phenomena to this day.

A large topic of this semester is European power and domination. Early on this dominance is tested during the revolutionary period. Beginning with the American Revolution and followed by revolutions in the rest of the Americas, European rule is cast aside and unique new nations are born, including the United States. Other areas of the world are not able to forge their own separate identities as European domination continues in the era known as the Age of Imperialism.

Conflict within Europe in the World Wars of the first half of the 20th century effectively ends the era of unquestioned European dominance. The latter half of this course looks at the causes, features, and impacts of these conflicts. The aftermath of both world wars unleashes new forces like international communism, new currents of nationalism in newly independent areas of Africa and Asia, and a global competition for influence known as the Cold War. Lastly, students will examine current international political and cultural trends that result from the end of the Cold War.

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