Advanced Placement (AP)Download PDF European History

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

This course is the study of the social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and diplomatic history of Modern Europe and its place in the history of the world from the fall of Constantinople to the fall of the Berlin wall and the Soviet Union. The course will be taught at a level and rigor equivalent to that required of students in a college freshman or sophomore Modern European History course. Students will develop an understanding of the major periods, ideas, movements, trends, and themes that characterize European history from approximately 1450-the high Renaissance-to the present. Students develop the ability to analyze historical evidence and express understanding and analysis in writing. The course will prepare students for the College Board examination in European History.

Course Prerequisites

Previous High School History course and teacher recommendation

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Title: The Western Heritage: Since 1930
Edition: 8th
Authors: Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, Frank M. Turner
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Course Outline

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Historiography
  3. Late Middle Ages
  4. Europe and the Renaissance
  5. The Reformation: Religious Differences
  6. Wars of Religion
  7. Absolute and Constitutional Monarchies
  8. Galileo and Modern Medicine
  9. Eastern Europe: The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire
  10. Aristocracy: The Peasants of Europe
  11. Scientific Aspects of the Enlightenment
  12. The French Revolution
  13. Napoleon
  1. Revolutions of the 1800s; Liberalism and Conservatism
  2. Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions
  3. European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century
  4. Nationalism
  5. Russian Revolution of 1905
  6. World War I
  7. World War I and the Russian Revolution of 1917
  8. Communism and Fascism
  9. Worldwide Depression
  10. World War 2 in Europe
  11. Division of Germany and the Cold War
  12. The Walls Fall
  13. European Unification