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This 11th-grade course continues where Western Civilization to 1492 left off. You will gain the advantage of a second full year of Western civilization, getting to know the personalities and events that created the modern world.
After taking this course — a course to which most curricula devote just half a year, but presented here much more thoroughly as a full-year course — you will be vastly ahead of your peers in terms of your knowledge of critical information that any culturally literate person must know.
This course will familiarize you with all the major schools of political thought in the modern world: liberalism, conservatism, libertarianism, socialism, Marxism, nationalism, naturalism, modernism, and more.
It will make you a stronger writer. You’ll be writing regularly, and as the New York Times bestselling author of 12 books, I can assure you that if you want to improve as a writer, there is no substitute for just doing it — again and again.
It will teach you the material in a way designed to ensure you remember it.
Course topics include the Protestant Reformation, wars of religion, absolutism, constitutionalism, the Scientific Revolution, the English Civil War, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, Napoleon, Marxism, German and Italian unification, the world wars, the Russian Revolution and communism, the rise of fascism, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and more.
Parents, you can listen to the course’s 25-minute lessons during your commute or around the house. On each lesson page you’ll find a link to a downloadable audio file. Just right-click (not left-click) on your mouse, and choose the option to save the file to your computer. Every week there will be a writing assignment. In the first video lesson, I explain how the course will work.
Here are the 165 lesson topics:
121. The Russian Revolution and Its Aftermath, Part I
122. The Russian Revolution and Its Aftermath, Part II
123. The Russian Revolution and Its Aftermath, Part III
124. The Russian Revolution and Its Aftermath, Part IV
125. Week 25 Review
141. 1944: The Beginning of the End: Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and More
142. Coordinating the Allied Effort: Allied Planning
143. January 1945: Barbarism on All Sides
144. The End of the War
145. Week 29 Review
156. Art and Architecture in the Twentieth Century
157. The World of the Sixties
158. The Middle East and Western Civilization to the Seventies
159. The Soviet Union from Brezhnev to Gorbachev
160. Week 32 Review
161. The Collapse of the Soviet Empire
162. Migration, Economics, Nationalism, Ethnic Cleansing
163. The West and the Rise of Asia
164. Lessons: Liberty, Technology, Society, and the State
165. Week 33 Review
Weeks 34-36 are devoted to a term paper.