This revised course provides an introduction to the history of the twentieth century, beginning with the treaties that ended World War I and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. While studying these events, students learn skills necessary to interpret historical events, including: how to ensure historical information is accurate and relevant; how to develop historical empathy; and how to present clear, logical arguments based on a knowledge of the events.
The course consists of four modules with a consumable workbook and a test for each module. There is also a Provincial Exam Preparation package which includes exam writing tips, a glossary, and a simulated provincial exam for practice. This may be used as students work through the modules or after they have completed the course. A History 12 Website includes links relevant to the module topics. These are included as options.
Students should ignore any reference in the course material to a Provincial Exam, as the Ministry of Education removed this requirement in Sept 2011.
Global Forces of the Twentieth Century (Reidmore Books)
The World This Century, Working with Evidence (Irwin)
A Map History of the Modern World (Irwin)
From Marx to McDonald’s DVD
Use of a DVD player is required for this course.
Module 1: Failure of Normalcy: the World After WW1
Section 1: How We Discover Truth in History, Nationalism, and Imperialism
Section 2: The World in 1919
Section 3: Russia from Revolution to World War II
Section 4: The USA in the 1920s and the 1930s
Module 1 Test covers the work of Module 1.
Module 2: War in Mid-Century
Section 1: Germany, Italy and Japan in the 1920s and 1930s
Section 2: International Affairs in the 1920s and 1930s: Britain and France
Section 3: World War II
Section 4: The World In 1945: The Realignment of Power, New Technologies, Social Change
Module 2 Test covers the work of Module 2.
Module 3: Uneasy Peace: Proxy Wars
Section 1: Causes of the Cold War
Section 2: The Cold War: The Berlin Blockade to the Cuban Missile Crisis
Section 3: The Cold War: After the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Section 4: Internationalism Since 1945
Module 3 Test covers the work of Module 3.
Module 4: The Winds of Change
Section 1: East Asia: India and China
Section 2: Vietnam and Afghanistan
Section 3: The Middle East: 1945 to 1991
Section 4: Economic and Social Change in the Post-War World
Module 4 Test covers the work of Module 4.
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