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.
Reading and Homework Instructions
- Go to the Canvas site for your section. Click on the assignment. Follow the instructions.
- You will be turning in your work on the Canvas site. But I would strongly suggest you actually type your answers into your word processor, and then cut and paste into the Canvas text box. If you type right into Canvas, and an internet glitch interrupts your work, you can easily lose all you've done and have to start over.
- Please print a copy of your answers and bring it to class with you!!!
- 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.
PowerPoint lectures and Study Guides
For Test 1
Analysis: Europe in c. 1500
The Scientific Revolution
For Test 2
For Test 3
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.