004: Why is “World History” not a fit replacement?

Bucminster Fuller Globe

Our American society is a part of the broader culture of Western Civilization.  Our freedoms, what they mean, and how they are preserved all come from a distinct heritage spanning from the Neolithic Revolution, Egypt & Mesopotamia, the Hebrews, Greece from Homer through Alexander, Rome’s Republic & Empire, Christ & Paul, the German conquerors of Rome, Medieval Christendom, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French & Industrial Revolutions, the age of Western Imperialism, the two World Wars, Totalitarianism, the Cold War, the Global War on Terror, through today’s Volkswanderung into Europe.  Western Civilization’s history is the narrative that bring us to the contemporary American and global situation.


“World History” is easily made into a confusing hash of uncoordinated information by the desire to give “equal time” to as many cultures and civilizations as possible.  It may be unfashionable to say, but it is simply not true that the Ashanti of Ghana, the Inca of Peru, and the Lamas of Tibet have had equivalent historical significance to the development of today’s world as did those Western epochs previously referenced.  Even today’s “East”, India, China, the Koreas, and Japan all employ Western politics (Liberal or Communist), Western economics, and Western Military Sciences.  For better or worse, Western Civilization is now worldwide.

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I am a veteran public school High School History Teacher, specializing in the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Western Civilization. Generations ago, Americans erroneously removed Western Civilization requirements from the High School curriculum. Here and elsewhere, I am trying to restore the teaching of this essential heritage to young Americans. I invite you to join me in this effort! In fact, without the efforts and talents of others, this initiative will surely fail.

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