Potential Basic Curriculum Outline for the two History of Western Civilization Courses

Ancient & Medieval History of Western Civilization, Grade 9

Unit I: Origins – Pre-Classical River Valley Civilizations

A. Paleolothic Era

B. Neolithic Era

C. Pre-Classical River Valley Civilizations

Unit II: Ancient Greece

A. Pre-Classical Greece

B. Classical Greece

C. Alexander the Great & Hellenism

Unit III: Ancient Rome (753 B. C. – A. D. 476)

A. The Roman Republic

B. The Rise of the Christian Faith

C. The Roman Empire

Unit IV: The Middle Ages (A. D. 476 – 1492)

A. The Dark Ages

B. The High Middle Ages

C. The Late Middle Ages

D. The Renaissance

Modern (European) History of Western Civilization, Grade 10

Unit I: Early Modern Europe (A. D. 1453 – 1648)

A. The Renaissance Papacy

B. The Protestant Reformation

C. The Catholic Counter-Reformation

D. The Age of Discovery

E. Conquistadors

F. The Scientific Revolution

Unit II: Absolutism, Enlightenment, Revolution, & Napoleon (A. D. 1648 – 1815)

A. Absolutism & Louis XIV

B. Enlightenment Philosophy & John Locke

C. Political Revolution in British North America

D. Social Revolution in France

E. The Napoleonic Wars

Unit III: The Nineteenth Century (A. D. 1815 – 1914)

A. The Concert of Europe

B. The Industrial Revolution

C. Socialism

D. Romanticism

E. Nationalism

F. European Imperialism

Unit IV: The Twentieth & Twenty-First Centuries (A. D. 1914 – the Present)

A. World War I

B. The Rise of Totalitarianism

C. World War II

D. The Cold War

E. The Contemporary World

Note: Non-Western Cultures & Civilizations covered at Key Points of Contact with the West. For example, the Achaemenid Persian Empire is a part of the Greco-Persian Wars, taught in Ancient & Medieval History, Unit II-B, Classical Greece. Also, the end of Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji Restoration is part of Modern European History, Unit III-F. European Imperialism.

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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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