World History (Accelerated)

What's Covered in World History A?


Semester 1

Prologue: The Rise of Democratic Ideas

 1The Legacy of Ancient Greece and Rome
 2Judeo-Christian Tradition
 3Democratic Developments in England
 4The Enlightenment and Democratic Revolutions

Chapter 1: European Renaissance & Reformation, 1300–1600

 1Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance
 2The Northern Renaissance
 3Luther Leads the Reformation
 4The Reformation Continues

Chapter 3: An Age of Exploration and Isolation, 1400-1800

 1Europeans Explore the East
 2China Rejects European Outreach
 3Japan Limits Western Contact

Chapter 4: The Atlantic World, 1492-1800

 1Spanish Conquest of the Americas
 2Competing Claims in North America
 3The Atlantic Slave Trade
 4The Columbian Exchange and Global Trade

Chapter 5: Absolute Monarchs in Europe, 1500–1800

 1Spain’s Empire and European Absolutism
 2France’s Ultimate Monarch
 3Central European Monarchs Clash
 4Russian Czars Increase Power
 5Parliament Limits the English Monarchy

Chapter 6: Enlightenment and Revolution, 1550–1789

 1The Scientific Revolution
 2The Enlightenment in Europe
 3The Spread of Enlightenment Ideas
 4American Revolution: The Birth of a Republic

Chapter 7: French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815

 1Revolution Threatens the French King
 2Revolution Brings Reform and Terror
 3Napoleon Forges an Empire
 4Napoleon’s Empire Collapses
 5The Congress of Vienna Convenes

Chapter 8: Nationalist Revolutions Sweep the West, 1789–1900

 1Latin American Peoples Win Independence
 2Revolutions Disrupt Europe
 3Nationalism (Case Studies: Italy and Germany)
 4Revolutions in the Arts

Chapter 9: The Industrial Revolution, 1700-1900

 1The Beginnings of Industrialization
 2Industrialization—Case Study: Manchester, England
 3Industrialization Spreads
 4An Age of Reforms

Semester 2

Chapter 10: An Age of Democracy and Progress, 1815–1914

 1Democratic Reform and Activism
 2Self-Rule for British Colonies
 3Expansion and Crisis in the United States
 4Nineteenth Century Progress

Chapter 11: The Age of Imperialism, 1850–1914

 1Imperialists Divide Africa
 2Imperialism Case Study: Nigeria
 3Muslim Lands Fall to Imperialist Demands
 4British Imperialism in India
 5Western Powers Rule Southeast Asia

Chapter 12: Transformations Around the Globe, 1800–1914

 1China Responds to Pressure from the West
 2Japan Modernizes
 3U.S. Economic Imperialism in Latin America
 4The Mexican Revolution

Chapter 13: The Great War, 1900-1919

 1The Stage Is Set for War
 2War Consumes Europe
 3War Affects the World
 4A Flawed Peace

Chapter 14: Revolution and Nationalism, 1900-1939

 1Revolutions in Russia
 2Totalitarianism — Case Study: Stalinist Russia
 3Collapse of Chinese Imperial Rule
 4Nationalism in India and Southwest Asia

Chapter 15: Years of Crisis, 1919-1939

 1An Age of Uncertainty
 2A Global Depression
 3Fascism Rises in Europe
 4Aggressors on the March

Chapter 16: World War II, 1939-1945

 1Hitler’s Lightning War
 2Japan Strikes in the Pacific
 3The Holocaust
 4The Allies Are Victorious
 5The Devastation of Europe and Japan

Chapter 17: Restructuring the Postwar World, 1945–present

 1Two Superpowers Face Off
 2Communists Triumph in China
 3War in Korea and Vietnam
 4Cold War Around the World
 5The Cold War Thaws

Chapter 18: The Colonies Become New Nations, 1945–present

 1The Indian Subcontinent Gains Independence
 2Southeast Asian Nations Gain Independence
 3New Nations in Africa
 4Conflicts in the Middle East

Chapter 19: Struggles for Democracy

 1Case Study: Latin American Democracies
 2Democratic Challenges in African Nations
 3Gorbachev Moves Toward Democracy
 4Collapse of the Soviet Union
 5China Follows Its Own Path

Chapter 20: Global Interdependence, 1960—present

 1Science and technology Shape Human Outlook
 2Global Economic Development
 3Global Security Issues
 4Cultures Blend in a Global Age