History 2: Introduction to Western Civilization II
- A Concise Survey of Western Civilization, Brian Pavlac. Rowan & Littlefield, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4422-0555-0
- Textbook site: http://concisewesternciv.com/
You will want the book, and it's pretty cheap. If you want to order on line, please plan ahead so that you'll have the book in hand by the start of class.
If you send me an email, please make sure you tell me your section number and your full name. Otherwise, it's difficult to answer your questions correctly.
- See the reading assignment in the syllabus and then look at the matching homework link below. Only then read.
- DON’T read the way you've probably learned to read for prior history classes.
- DON'T think you need to remember all the stuff in the textbooks. You can't.
- DO recognize that some parts are more important than others, and try to learn the important bits, skimming the rest.
- The homework questions are a good guide to what you should learn.
- Beyond them, you should come to class with a few ideas fresh in your head; I'll ask people about these at random:
- What was THE main idea from the section(s) assigned? This is certainly more than a word or phrase. It might be expressed well in 3-6 sentences. KNOW THIS!
- Why did this thing happen? Again, it's never a word or two, but should be explainable in a few sentences.
- How did this thing impact the story of Western Civilization?
- Again, KNOW THIS! You should do a little learning before you show up in class; if you don't, you're not doing your job and it will affect your grade.
- If you're the nervous type and fear you might freeze if I call on you to answer one of these questions, write it out and bring it with you.
- Email me your homework answers BEFORE the start of the class in which those topics are discussed. I will let you know what's coming due in class. If you miss class, contact another student to see what's due.
- Turn things in on time. I don’t accept late assignments.
- Type (or cut & paste) the assignment into the body of the email. Don’t send it as an attachment.
- Number your answers.
- Make the subject line read “section#, lastname, firstname, homeworknumber
- It should look like this: 0302, Garcia, Maria, 5
- Not following these instructions will result in your receiving half-credit for the assignment.
Homework Questions/Lecture Outlines/Study Guides
Western Civilization Overview & Timeline/Dates
Lecture Outlines for Test 1
Lecture Outlines for Test 2
HW 6: WWI and the Interwar Era
Lecture Outlines for Test 3
HW 8: Cold War; Modern Economy;
Cold War Hot Spots
HW 9: End of Imperialism;
American Hegemony; Detente
HW 10: End of the Cold War; E.U.;
Here are a couple map quizzes. The one on Europe is fairly useful (much of eastern Europe has recently changed and isn't vital for our class, but the rest you should know). The one on Africa and the Middle East is somewhat less useful but you might find it interesting.