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20th Century World History 12

Prerequisites Social Studies 10

Course Description

What was the “Cold War”? What is the “global economy”? How did the current state of global alliances and economics come about? What do your parents mean when they talk about “the bomb”, J.F.K, and Vietnam? What was so special about the 60’s anyway? If you are interested in answering these questions and having a greater understanding of contemporary issues, then this course may be for you. This course examines some of the major events of the 20th century focusing primarily on the period of time between the Russian Revolution and today. Students will be expected to acquire a detailed knowledge of specific trends in the 20th century society. The object of the course is to provide a disciplined study of history in this century with a continued emphasis on developing critical thinking skills. Specific topics studies include:

·         The effects of World War 1

·         The Russian Revolution

·         Totalitarian States Between the Wars

·         The Great Depression

·         World War 2

·         The Cold War

·         Korean War

·         Vietnam War

·         Asia in the 1920’s and 1930’s

·         Evets in the Middle East, China and India since 1945

·         International Relations Between the Wars and the Coming of World War 2

·         The Consequences of the Demise of the USSR (including the end of the Cold War and the creation of the “global economy”)

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