Step 4 - History 9 - World Wars & The 21st Century

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Step 4 - History 9 - World Wars & The 21st Century

  • Develops literacy, vocabulary, geography, politics!
  • Introduces & explores key ideas in history!
  • Explores World History!
  • Explores the phenomenon of World Wars!
  • Explores the impact of science and religion on recent history!
  • Explores major artists of the period, and their works!
  • Covers major people & events in the order they happened!
  • Hands-on activities make history relevant to the student!
  • Develops critical thinking skills!
  • Develops study in a self-determined manner!
  • Lesson plans are complete and ready to use!  Start now!

We're currently working our way through this program and loving it.  The children (aged 12 and 16) work independently on most of their subjects, but we chose to do this together to tie in with this year's Great Books studies. As we started with The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Mesopotamian start to this unit worked perfectly.

This program has been designed for independent study, but we've found it to be ideal for collaborative learning, encouraging interesting discussions. All the hard work has been done, but there is plenty of scope for shaping it to your family's needs. If necessary the children can work on their own too, so I love the freedom this gives us.  Highly recommended. 
 E. R., Professional Educator
For students ages 11-adult. Here is the story of the most violent and volatile century in human history, the past century.

Perhaps the most active and astonishing period of history, the past century is investigated in detail. World Wars I and II, and historic national leaders like Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill and Hitler, are looked at in detail. The birth of the Bomb, and its aftereffects, is researched. The separation of India from England, and Pakistan from India is covered. The formation of a Jewish state as a reaction to the devastation of World War II is witnessed. The seemingly endless Cold War between The United States and the USSR for dominance is paraded before the student's eyes. The growth of third world powers, particularly in Africa. The Space Race, ending with men walking on the moon! It's all here in detail for the student hungry to understand the forces that shape our lives.

A major course, 130-150 hours to complete.

Concepts covered in this course include:

  • The causes of World War I
  • World War I
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • Woodrow Wilson and the League of Nations
  • Lenin and the Russian Revolution
  • America grows into a world power
  • American invention and music (jazz) floods the world
  • George Gershwin
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Radio
  • American film
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • American Musical Theater
  • George M. Cohan
  • Between World Wars
  • 20th Century Art from Europe
  • Picasso
  • Braque
  • German Expressionism
  • Kandinsky
  • Matisse
  • Surrealism
  • Dali
  • Miro
  • Klee
  • Modern Realism in art
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Andy Warhol
  • Modern music
  • Stravinsky
  • Schoenberg
  • Kurt Weill
  • Prokofiev
  • Rock and Pop music
  • The Great Depression
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • 20th Century Science
  • Einstein
  • Freud
  • Jung
  • European Literature between the wars
  • Kafka
  • Fascists in Italy, Japan and Germany
  • Mussolini
  • Hitler
  • Stalin and Russia
  • World War II
  • Winston Churchill
  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Russia enters WWII
  • Nikolai Vavilov and his great scientific dream
  • America enters WWII when Pearl Harvor is bombed by Japan
  • The Holocaust
  • The work of Oskar Schindler to save Jews in Poland
  • The end of the war in Europe
  • The Atom Bomb and its use to end the war with Japan
  • The forming of the United Nations
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Theodore Herzl
  • The birth of a Jewish homeland in Israel
  • Gandhi and others free India from England
  • The birth of Pakistan
  • Mao and the Chinese Communist Revolution
  • Modern political movements
  • The Cold War
  • The Bay of Pigs Crisis and John F. Kennedy
  • The Space Race
  • Gagarin, Glenn, Armstrong - heroes in space, and the first moon landing
  • The possibility of global warming
  • A global economy
  • The growth and emergence of Third World nations
  • Nelson Mandela and Apartheid in South Africa
  • South America and its development
    Required materials (Some provided within the course):

           The Great Gatsby
           The Old Man and the Sea

           All Quiet on the Western Front
           Modern Times
           Yankee Doodle Dandy
           The Grapes of Wrath
           Hitler - Rise of Evil
           Tora Tora Tora
           Schindler's List
           The Last Emperor
           Thirteen Days
           The Right Stuff
           Hotel Rwanda
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