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World War I

Overview

The First World War, originally referred to as, “The Great War” or “the War to end all Wars,” is an interesting study for a number of reasons. World War one is the first major war of the 20th century. It brings in the widespread use of modern technological weapons such as the machine gun, the airplane, the tank and poison gas. In addition, it begins an era of international politics which pits the importance of both ethnic and linguistic divisions against the forces of nationalism, and empire. Many historians argue that the first world war represents a transition from the innocence of an earlier age where war is viewed as heroic and courageous to a more realistic perspective that tells the true nature of such a complex phenomena as war. The end result is a world not only with a dramatically re-drawn political map, but a new era of modern global conflicts. Click “more” to see details about this unit, or click on Last year’s World War I Test to see the type of summative assessment you will be asked to complete. Click below to see the details as we continue through this unit.

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The Great War

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World War, originally referred to as, “The Great War” or “the War to end all Wars,” is an interesting study for a number of reasons. World War one is the first major war of the 20th century. It brings in the widespread use of modern technological weapons such as the machine gun, the airplane, the tank and poison gas. In addition, it begins an era of international politics which pits the importance of both ethnic and linguistic divisions against the forces of nationalism, and empire. Many historians argue that the first world war represents a transition from the innocence of an earlier age, where war is viewed as heroic and courageous, to a more realistic perspective that tells the true nature of such a complex phenomena as war. The end result is a world not only with a dramatically re-drawn political map, but a new era of modern global conflicts. Click “more” to see details about this unit, or click on the graphic organizer to see the flow of the unit. (more…)

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: Understanding Global Inequality

“Why do some nations have so much material wealth while so many others have so little?” This question framed the thesis for Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs, and Steel.  After discussing a time in global history when all societies were roughly equal (over 13,000 years ago), Diamond discusses key variables that led to highly complex, material-rich societies, while others developed at much slower rates.

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Howard Zinn and Big Think

Click here to listen to one of the most influential and popular contemporary U.S. historians.

Howard Zinn, 1922-2010 was an activist, historian, political scientist, social critic, playwright, and  author of the bestseller A People’s History of the United States(more…)

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500 Nations

500 Nations

Check it out, 500 Nations is an eight-part documentary on first nations people. The documentary takes us from pre-European contact to the end of the 19th century. The following description comes from my colleague Mr. Matt Henchen at Harwood Union High School.

‘Much of the information comes from text, eyewitnesses, pictorials, and computer graphics. The series was hosted by Kevin Costner, narrated by Gregory Harrison, and directed by Jack Leustig. It included the voice talents of Eric Schweig, Gordon Tootoosis, Wes Studi, Cástulo Guerra, Tony Plana, Edward James Olmos, Patrick Stewart, Gary Farmer, Tom Jackson, Tantoo Cardinal, Dante Basco, Sheldon Peters Wolfchild, Tim Bottoms, Michael Horse, Graham Greene, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Amy Madigan, Frank Salsedo, and Kurtwood Smith. The series was written by Jack Leustig, Roberta Grossman, Lee Miller (head of research), and W. T. Morgan, with Dr. John M. D. Pohl. (more…)

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