Unit 6: Accelerating Global Changes and Realignments – c. 1900 thru PRESENT
Contemporary Era KC 1: Science and the Environment. Rapid advances in science and technology altered the understanding of the universe and the natural world and led to advances in communication, transportation, industry, agriculture, and medicine.
- David Christian: History and Science After the Chronometric Revolution (2009). See pgs. 441-462.
- New York Regents: Lessons on the Great Influenza of the early 1900’s.
- DBQ: Responses to the Great Influenza.
- Alternative Periodic Tables.
- Peter Hazell: Green Revolution: Sustainable Options for Ending Hunger and Poverty.
- Peter Rosset: Do We Need New Technology to End Hunger? (1998).
- DBQ: Causes and Consequences of the Green Revolution.
- U.N. Says World’s Population Will Reach 9.8 Billion By 2050 – NPR.
- Chart: Population for major areas of the world from 1900 thru 2050 – Bentley pg. 1143
- Map: Global estimates of HIV and AIDS as of late 2003 – Bentley pg. 1150.
- Steffen, P Crutzen & J. McNeill: The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature?
- IIASA Symposium on Global Modeling (1982): Global Models for Global Problems – see pgs. 27 & 285-291.
- World3 Model: Dynamics of Growth in a Finite World.
- Graham Turner & Cathy Alexander: “Limits to Growth” Was Right (2017).
- Jill Lepore: “What 2018 Looked Like Fifty Years Ago” (Jan. 2019)
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Contemporary Era KC 2: Global Conflicts and Their Consequences. Peoples and states around the world challenged the existing political and social order in varying ways, leading to unprecedented worldwide conflicts.
- Map: Imperialism and migration during the 19th and early 20th centuries – Bentley pg. 933
- Map: Imperialism in Africa c. 1914 – pg. 923
- Map: Imperialism in Oceania, c. 1914 – pg. 926
- Map: Imperialism in Asia c. 1914 – pg. 918
- Map: Struggling to control China c. 1927 thru 1936 – pg. 1011
- Map: The Russian empire from 1801 thru 1914 – Bentley pg. 888
- Map: Territorial losses of the Ottoman Empire from 1800 to 1923 – pg. 882
- Samuel R. Williamson: The Origins of World War I
- Map: The Great War in Europe and southwest Asia from 1914 thru 1918 – Bentley pg. 953
- Map: Territorial changes in Europe after WWI – pg. 970
- Map: Territorial changes in southwest Asia after WWI – pg. 973
- DBQ: Results of Land Reform in Mexico and Russia After Revolutions.
- DBQ: Changing Relationships Between Europeans and Colonized Peoples After WWI.
- DBQ: The Age of Anxiety & Development of WWII.
- Al Jazeera New’s A Century Later: Arab Assessments of Sykes-Picot
- Continuing the growing trend of nationalism…
- George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant (1936)
- Map: Decolonization in Asia w year of independence – Bentley pg. 1100
- Map: Decolonization in Africa w year of independence – Bentley pg. 1110
- DBQ: Political Shifts of Newly Sovereign Post-Colonial States.
- DBQ: Challenges of Muslim Leaders Defining Their Nationalism.
- Map: High tide of Axis expansion in Europe and north Africa from 1942-1943 – Bentley pg. 1043
- Map: The Holocaust in Europe from 1933 thru 1945 – Bentley pg. 1053
- Nazi Germany Nüremburg Laws of 1933 and Nazi Citizenship Laws of 1935.
- Map: WWII in Asia and the Pacific
- Map: Occupied Germany from 1945 thru 1949 – Bentley pg. 1066
- Map: The United States in Latin America c. 1895 thru 1941 – Bentley pg. 1023
- Jorge Dominquez: US-Latin American Relations During the Cold War and its Aftermath.
- DBQ: Gender and Politics in 20th Cent. Latin America.
- DBQ: Effects of the Cuban Revolution on Women and Gender Relations.
- DBQ: Effects of Communist Movements on Women’s Struggle for Rights.
- DBQ: Opportunities and Barriers for Women in Nationalist Movements.
- DBQ: Post-Colonial African State Developments of Economic Independence.
- Sylvanus E. Olympic: African Problems and the Cold War (1961).
- Andrew Bell-Fialkoff: A Brief History of Ethnic Cleansing (1993).
- Karamoh Kabba: The Ruin of Nations (2007).
- Map: The Cold War from 1946 thru 1962 – Bentley pg. 1071
- Map: The collapse of the Soviet Union and European communist regimes – pg. 1089
- Keep up with current events with strong contextualization of a critical geopolitical juncture:
- Barry Rubin: The Real Roots of Arab Anti-Americanism (2002).
- Adam Groves: Arab Nationalism and the Cold War (2007)
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Contemporary Era KC 3: New Conceptualizations of Global Economy, Society, and Culture. The role of the state in the domestic economy varied, and new institutions of global association emerged and continued to develop throughout the century.
- DBQ: Factors Shaping the Modern OLYMPIC Movement.
- DBQ: Cricket and Politics in Southwest Asia
- The United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1945).
- Linda Fasulo: An Insider’s Guide to the UN – An Overview (book in classroom)…
- UNESCO: A Compendium of Documents and Writings on the Return of Cultural Objects. See pgs. 26 – 41.
- Gary Cross: excerpt from All Consuming Century (2000)
- Michelle Goldberg: “Falling Arches” (2002).
- James Kurth: “World (Class) War” (2007).
- Frank Uekötter: Towards a More “Substantial” Global History (in “The New World History)
- Jeffrey Sachs: “The New Globalization” excerpted from The Price of Civilization (2011)
- APWH CB: Teaching About 20th Century Latin America and Africa.
- Restoring Women to World History: a DBQ set from around the contemporary world
- Map: European Union membership in 2004 – Bentley pg. 1137
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SAQ Prep for Unit 6: The Contemporary Era c. 1900-PRESENT
1) Many historians argue that the end of the Cold War (1989-1991) was a turning point in world history. A) Provide TWO pieces of evidence that support this argument and explain how each piece supports the argument. B) Provide ONE piece of evidence that undermines this argument and explain how it undermines the argument.
2) Explain FOUR causes of World War I. Justify which cause is the most important.
3) Examine ONE long term cause of the Great Depression. Examine ONE short-term cause of the Great Depression. Examine ONE effect of the Great Depression.
4) Analyze the main cause of World War II. Justify its importance within the context of the 21st century.
Additional Contemporary Topics:
- For above: Map: The Arab-Israeli conflict c. 1949 thru 1982 – Bentley pg. 1105
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