Western Civilization II








This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of concepts, people, and events that shaped Western culture from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Topics include: the rise of Eastern and Western Europe; the Enlightenment-era philosophies; the impact of the French Revolution on political, social, and economic world order; and the effects of the industrial revolution on Western society. Unification-era politics; various methods of imperial indoctrination; and major political, economic, and social reforms are explored, along with the root causes and strategies that affected the outcomes of WWI and WWII. Social, economic, and political changes that occurred in the twentieth century are also examined.

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Course Objectives

Identify the major concepts, persons, and events that contributed to nation building and the war for order in the eighteenth century.
Compare and contrast the rise of Eastern and Western Europe.
Describe the change in European and world culture resulting from Enlightenment-era philosophies.
Describe the impact of the French Revolution on political, economic, and social world order.
Describe the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte and explain his legacy.
Compare and contrast the benefits and burdens of industrialization.
Examine the effects of the Industrial Revolution in England on Western society and describe the causes for its rapid growth.
Identify and describe the people, ideas, and technologies that radically changed the traditional social, economic, and political environment of the early nineteenth century.
Explain the change in Western culture resulting from unification era politics.
Summarize the evolution of Imperialism and compare and contrast the various methods of imperial indoctrination.
Compare and contrast the major political, economic, and social reforms that ignited a mass emigration of European peoples to the U.S. during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Define evolution and explain the conflict between evolutionary theory and religious theology.
Identify the root causes and explain how World War I changed world order.
Describe the struggles of the Western world during postwar recovery.
Compare and contrast the various technologies, battles, and strategies that affected the outcome of WWII.
Examine the social, economic, and political changes that have occurred in the twentieth century, and describe the role of the United States, China, and the Soviet Union as world super powers.

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