The first volume explores the major world civilizations.  (Some American Indian primary sources posted)

The second volume covers Western civilization from medieval to present.  (Many primary sources posted)

If you would like to see a chapter from the first two volumes, let me know.

The third volume picks up the miscellaneous leftovers in the last century or so.

The third volume is designed for library research.  These printable guide sheets are to make sure students don't get so lost in the details that they miss the main points.  You still need to do more research.  (If you use these guides, just make sure you give me credit in a footnote.)







1.  Why Should I Study History, and What Is It?

2.  Is There a Pattern to History?


Unit I--Egypt            

3.  Who's Who Of Egyptian Gods

4. The Pyramid Builders               

---- Filmstrip: old Kingdom and Middle  Kingdom Art

5.  The oldest Book in the World

6.  The Artistic Age

7.  Queen Hatshepsut and the Conflict of Ideas

8.  The Wisdom of the Egyptians

9.  Ikhnaten and Tut--the Revolution In Thinking

10.   Rameses II and the Age of Power

-----Filmstrip:  New Kingdom Art

11.  Piankhi, the Black Pharaoh

12.  Cleopatra and Other Greeks


Unit II--India

13.  White Meets Black

-----  Filmstrip: Art of the Indus Valley Civilization

14-15.   The Oneness of Hinduism

16.  Peace and Understanding of the Jains

17.  The Buddha: the Atheist Who Became a God

18.  Music of India

19.  Is It Wrong to be a Soldier?

20.  The Ideal Wife

21.  The Animals Speak

----- Filmstrip: The Golden Age of Indian Art

22.  Kalidasa: The Shakespeare of the East

23.  Aryabhatta: Mathematician for the World

24.  The Philosophy of Love

25.  When India Dominated Southeast Asia Without Trying To

----- Filmstrip: Giant Temple Complexes


Unit III--China

26-27.  Confucius: Goodness Without God

28.  Daoism--The Simple Way of Nature

29.  The First Emperor

30.  The Ladies of Tang

31.  Li Bo, the Drunken Genius

32.  Du Fu, Who Wrote by the Rules

33.  Bo Zhu-yi, Poet of the Peasants

----- Filmstrip: Early Chinese Art

34.  The Lady Who Invented the Novel

35.  Three Systematizers

36.  Kublai Khan and the Struggle for Power

----- Filmstrip: Later Chinese Art

37.  The Small Arts of Good Living


Unit IV--Classical Greece and Rome

38.  The Gods of Mount Olympus

39.  Athletics, Worship with Body and Mind

40.  Pythagoras: The Universal  Harmony of Mathematics

41.  Aesop and Sappho--voices of Slaves and Women

----- Filmstrip: Three Stages of Greek Art

42.  Greek Drama in the Golden Age of Pericles

43.  Socrates and the Search for Wisdom

44.  Plato, Who Believed in the Ideal

45.  Aristotle, the Systematizer of Greek Thought

46.  Alexander and the Spread of Greek Learning

47.  When Africa Almost Conquered Europe

48.  Hail Caesar

-----  Filmstrip: Roman Engineering

49.  Bread and Circus


Unit V--The Arab World

50.  Zoroaster: The Battle Between Good and Evil

51.  The Jewish and Christian Heritage

52.  Queen Zenobia, and the Prophet Mani

-----Filmstrip: Byzantine Art

53.  Antara, the Black Knight of Arabia

54.  Mohammed, Who Welded the Religious Ideas Into one

55.  Tales of the Court of Harun al-Rashid

----- Filmstrip: Islamic Art

56.  A Book of Verses Underneath the Bough

57.   Arab Science and Mathematics

58.  Two Boys from the Same Neighborhood: Averroes and Maimonides

59.  Sa'di and Hafiz: The Last Songs of Autumn

60.  Conquerors of the Shifting Sands

----- Filmstrip: Mugha1 Gardens and Architecture


Unit VI--American Indian Civilization  (Primary sources)

61. The Idea of Change

----- Filmstrip: Mexican Art and Architecture

62.  The Maya Bible

63.  A Maya Dance-Drama

64.  The Wisdom of Quetzalcoatl

65.  Nezahualcoyotl, Bard of the Americas

66.  The Fall of Montezuma

67.  The Silent Stones of Peru

----- Filmstrip: Peruvian Art and Architecture

68.  Human Emotions and the Organized Society

69.  How Love and Jealousy Destroyed an Empire

70.  Echoes from North American Indians


71. Conclusion: What Does It All Mean?








1.  The Pattern of Western Civilization

2.  Charlemagne, the Forerunner

3.  Vikings--Birthpangs of Western Civilization


Unit I--Medieval   (Primary sources)

4. St. Francis, Who Lived Like Jesus

---- Filmstrip: The Cathedrals

5.  Romance--The Other Side of Medieval Life

6.  Sweet Success: Abelard and Heloise

7.  An Age of Religious Logic

8.  The Origin of Western Literature

9.  Two Slightly Used Heroes: Joan of Arc and Bluebeard

10.  First Step in the Class Struggle


Unit II--Renaissance   (Primary sources)

11.  Marsilius of Padua, Who Turned Western Civilization Around

12.  Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance

13.  The Renaissance Man

----- Filmstrip: Renaissance Art

14.  All the World's a Stage--Shakespeare

15.  Machiavelli--The Art of Politics

16.  Erasmus and Luther

17.  The Flamboyant Tudors


Unit III--The Baroque Transition   (Primary sources)

18. The Bible and the Gun

----- Filmstrip: Baroque Art

19.  Thou Shalt Not Question

-----Tape:  Baroque Music

20. The Rise of the Middle Class


Unit IV--Enlightenment   (Primary sources)

21.  Voltaire, Who Made People Stop and Think

22.  Thomas Paine, the Revolutionary Believer

23.  Phillis Wheatley, Who Rose Above All Obstacles

24.  The Development of Modern Science

25.  An Age of Elegance and Wit

----- Filmstrip: Rococo and Neoclassic Art

26.  Kings Who Ordered People to Be Free and Happy


Unit V--Romanticism   (Primary sources)

27. William Blake: Emotion is Good

----- Filmstrip: Romantic Art

28.  Two Revolutionaries: Marie Antoinette and Robespierre

29.  Napoleon and Faust: The Hero In Fact and Fiction

30.  Dreamers of Dreams and Tellers of Tales

----- Tape: Romantic Music

31.  Emerson: Trust Thyself

32.  Thoreau, Who Lived His Ideals

33.  Proletarian Revolts and Democratic Kings


Unit VI--The Victorian Transition

34. Darwin, Who Shook the Family Tree

----- Filmstrip: Victorian Art and Music

35. Karl Marx, Who Predicted the Rise of the Lower Classes


Unit VII--Realism   (Primary sources)

36. Hopes and Ideals for Sale

----- Filmstrip: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art

37.  Telling the Ugly Truth

38.  The War to End All Wars

39.  Sigmund Freud: A Practical Use for Personal History

----- Tape: Realist Music

40.  World War II: The Dehumanization of Man

41.  Science, the Test of Truth


Unit VIII--Existentialism   (Primary sources)

42.  Sartre and Borchert: You Are In Control of Your Life

43.  The Politics of Personal Protest--Martin Luther King

44.  When Scientific Logic Is Not Enough

----- Filmstrip: Directions in Modern Art

45.  Conservative Internationalists: Corporations and Fundamentalists

46.  Write the Next Chapter Yourself







Unit I--Africa

11. Mansa Musa of Timbuktu

---- Filmstrip: African Art

12.  Amda Sion: The Power of Confidence

13.  The Swahili Poets of East Africa

14.  Slavery

15.  Nation Builders: Dingiswayo, Shaka, and Mizilikazi

16.  From the Great Trek to Apartheid

17.  Their Own Way--Nkrumah, Kenyatta, and Haile Selassie

18.  The Voice of New Africa

19.  Additional Topics

            a.  Dr. Livingstone

            b.  Cecil Rhodes

            c.  Dr. Schweitzer

            d.  The Zanzibar War


Unit II--Latin America

21.  Tupac Amaru: The Indians Lead the Way

22.  The Liberators, San Martin and Bolivar

23.  Splitting Into Banana Republics

24.  Dom Pedro I and Dom Pedro II

25.  The Three Black Emperors of Haiti

26.  The United States Plays at Empire Building

27.  The Other American Literature

28.  Communist Experimenters--Castro, Guevara, Allende, Ortega

29.  Additional Topics

            a.  The Last Colonies

            b.  William Walker

            c.  Marti and Hostos

            d.  The Christ of the Andes


Unit III--Mexico and Canada

31.  Priests Lead the Rabble: Hidalgo and.  Morelos

32.  Iturbide—Revolution to Keep Things the Same

33.  Santa Anna, Jack-in-the-box President

34.  Good Guys on Both Sides--Maximilian and Juarez

35.  Porfirio Diaz—Modernizer or Monster?

36.  The Real Mexican Revolution--Madero and Carranza

37.  Bandido Patriots: Zapata and Pancho Villa

---- Filmstrip: Mexican Art

38.  Cardenas: The Promise Fulfilled

39.  Canada, the Quiet Neighbor

            a.  The Acadians

            b.  Maski-pitoon

            c.  Sir John A. Macdonald

            d.  The Riel Rebellions

            e.  Sir Wilfred Laurier

            f.  The Doukhobors

            g.  Grey Owl

            h.  W. L. Mackenzie King

            i.  Pierre Elliot Trudeau


Unit IV--The Communist Experiment

41.  Kerensky and Lenin: The Two Russian Revolutions

42.  The Conservative Dictatorship of Stalin

43.  Beware the Bewhiskered Bolsheviks

44.  Russian Satellites Try to Break Free

45.  The Chinese Republic that Failed

46.  Mao Tse-tung: Keeping the Revolution Young

47.  Vietnam--One Nation or Two?

48.  Gorbachev and Yeltsin: End of the Experiment

49.  Additional Topics

            a.  The Paris Commune

            b.  Rasputin

            c.  Rosa Luxemburg

            d.  Henry Pu-yi


Unit V--Southeast Asia and Pacific

51.  The South Seas: Organizing Paradise into Empires

52.  The Eight Kings of Hawaii

53.  Australian Aborigines: The Biggest Manhunt In History

54.  Japan Becomes a Western Power In a Hurry

55.  Three Colonies Become Island Nations

56.  How a Religion is Born

57.  Gandhi, Who Awakened the Conscience of the World

58.  The Fruits of Dissension: Pakistan and Bangladesh

59.  Additional Topics

            a.  The Himalayan Kingdoms

            b.  The Rani of Jhansi

            c.  Mongkut and Chulalongkorn

            d.  The Tasaday


Unit VI--The Middle East

61.  The Reawakening: Mohammed Ali and the Mahdi

62.  Abd al-Kader, Who Taught Europeans a Lesson in Honor

63.  Husein, Abdullah, and Faisal--A Family of Liberators

64.  Ataturk: Reform at-the Heart of Turkey

65.  Kahlil Gibran, Who Merged Beauty, Love and Wisdom

66.  Israel, the Promised Land

67.  Arab Unity--Oasis or Mirage?

68.  Oil to Grease the Palm

69.  Additional Topics

            a.  Bahai Faith

            b.  Cyprus

            c.  Sir Richard Burton

            d.  Lawrence of Arabia


70.  Conclusion: What Next?



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