20th Century European History
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Covers the intellectual, political and cultural history of 20th-century European history. Investigates events in a European context, analyzing the historical setting and significance of major occurrences in Europe, such as fascism, world wars, the Holocaust, Soviet communism, and decolonization. Does not need to be taken in sequence.
1. Exhibit knowledge of the chronological flow of European history in the 20th Century by ordering a series of significant events in human history within and across the modern era of world history.
2. Identify major themes of historical change within and across modern European history, such as changes in forms of political and economic theory, changes in forms from an agricultural to an industrial society, changes in nationalism, borders and resultant migration due to economic and political events – including two world wars – that devastated the continent.
3. Employ historical thinking and inquiry to understand and to interpret events, issues, developments, relationships and perspectives of history within and across the modern era of European history.
4. Identify, analyze, develop and defend particular thematic interpretations of historical change within and across the modern era of European history. Explain how and why historical interpretations differ and how they are affected by time [i.e., historical context].
5. Analyze causal relationships in history within and across the era of 20th Century European history and apply more than one perspective to show how these causal relationships might have different interpretations.
6. Utilize evidence from primary and secondary sources to understand and describe events, issues, developments, relationships, and perspectives within and across the modern era of European history.
7. Examine relationships among events, issues and developments in different spheres of human activity [i.e., economic, social, political, cultural] within and across the modern era of world history.
8. Recognize change and continuity within broad concept themes such as the interaction of peoples, cultures and ideas or economic and technological developments and their impact on society within and across the modern era of European history.
9. Use formal and informal writing to develop and to express historical interpretations and analysis within and across the modern era of European history.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Social Science
- Cultural Literacy