Friday, November 20, 2015

Research Presentations

Research presentations will be the week of November 30th- December 4th. You must have your presentation ready to go anytime that week. At the time you give your presentation I will collect your annotated bibliography and your formal outline. If you do not turn in the written portion of the presentation you will receive a zero for the project. If you are not prepared when you are called on you will not be allowed to present later in the week.


2. I will take attendance each day of presentations. You will be docked one letter grade on the assignment for each day that you miss.

3. If you plan on downloading something for your presentation you must be to class early in order to do this BEFORE we begin presentations for the day as our time in class is limited.

If you plan on using a power point presentation or other electronic presentation aide, I STRONGLY recommend that you bring in the flash drive you plan to use next week so that you can make sure it will load on the computer in the classroom. If it will not load at the time you are scheduled to begin your presentation you are responsible.

The minimum number of required sources and the links to instructions on how I expect the bibliography and outline to be prepared are in the detailed project instructions in the back of the course syllabus. I will give a zero for these portions of the project if the format is not the one specified.

Presentations should be a maximum of ten minutes, and I will allow for five minutes overtime. I will cut off all presentations after fifteen minutes. I suggest you practice your presentation to make sure it is the proper length.

Monday, November 16, 2015

HIST 127 Final Examination Study Guide

What were some of the social, economic, and political changes that occurred in England in the 19th century that may have contributed to their ability to avoid the unrest on the continent
Germany suffered from decentralization and disunity for most of its history. How did the Prussian kingdom manage to unify Germany in the 19th century?

What technological changes led to the expansion of the European economy after the mid-nineteenth century and how did this economic expansion affect the various social classes and city versus rural areas differently?

What factors led to the surprisingly rapid restoration of democracy in much of continental western Europe after World War II?

The Russian Revolution of 1917 led to the withdrawal of the nation from the First World War. What were the consequences of Russia leaving the war for themselves, the Western Allies, and the Central Powers?

Looking back over the events of the first four decades of the twentieth century, explain some of the major events that are considered to have led to the outbreak of the Second World War.

What were the main causes of the revolutions of 1848, and what roles did nationalism, liberalism, and socialism play in inciting and sustaining the revolution?

What technological changes led to the expansion of the European economy after the mid-nineteenth century?

How did Soviet policy evolve after the death of Stalin in 1953?


Congress of Vienna
Otto von Bismarck
Social Darwinism
Petrograd Soviet
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
League of Nations
Maginot Line
Warsaw Pact
Boxer Rebellion
Fourteen Points
Benito Mussolini
Treaty of Locarno
European Central Bank

HIST 125 Final Examination Study Guide

The Black Death was an enormous demographic catastrophe in Western Europe. Explain how this crisis affected different members of society.
Explain the classical revival that took place in Italy during the period historians refer to as the Renaissance. What were some of the effects on art, politics, and the economy?

Explain the causes and major events of the Hundred Years War. Why do some historians refer to the end of this conflict as “the end of the middle ages”?

What are some of the reasons that historians believe there was more class conflict and religious conflict after the Black Death of the 1350s and 1360s?

The Byzantine Emperor Justinian had a long reign that included many accomplishments? What were these accomplishments, who were some of the important individuals that Justinian relied on for support, and what were some of the long term effects?

What were some of the underlying factors that caused the decline of civil government in the Western half of the Roman Empire starting in the third century of the Common Era?

Who were the ‘barbarians’ and what kinds of relations did Romans and barbarians have in Late Antiquity?

What were the most important factors in the rise of the Arab peoples and the Islamic faith?

What were some of the hallmarks of vernacular culture in the High Middle Ages?


Eremitic monasticism
Edict of Milan
Council of Nicaea
Carolingian Renaissance
Joan of Arc
Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy
Linear perspective
Magna Carta
Papal Monarchy
Francis of Assisi
Jan Hus
Hanseatic League
Desiderius Erasmus
Johann Gutenberg
Great Schism
Golden Bull

HIST 127 Paper Three Instructions

Paper three is due on Monday November 30th / Tuesday December 1st.

Primary Source Paper Three: History 102

How does Engles description of the urban landscape in “Industrial Manchester” reflect the changes that had been brought about not just by industrialization, but also by the influx of people into urban areas? How is the urban landscape different for the wealthy and the underclass in the city? Does Engles description show any positive aspects of industrialization?

1. Use footnotes for direct quotation and also when using a thought, concept, or idea that is not your own. A paper without any citations will be given back and you will have one day to add them or receive a failing grade. In a paper of this length extensive quotation is unacceptable.
2. Your paper should have a clear thesis, body, and conclusion.
3. Your paper should be 3-5 pages in length.
4. See the syllabus for the grading scheme for papers
5. 12 point, Times New Roman font
6. double spaced

HIST 125 Paper Three Instructions

Paper three is due on Monday November 30th/Tuesday December 1st.

Starting with the reform movement at Cluny the Holy See began to make ever greater claims to power in the secular realm. Explain how these claims developed with documents like the Dictatus Papae and culminated in many of the Cannons of the Fourth Lateran Council. The Fourth Lateran is a very long document. You will want to take advantage of the summaries at the top of each cannon to discern the subject being elaborated upon. Then when you find specific cannons that will provide evidence for your argument you should read the full item in detail. Chapter 12 in the textbook will provide background to understanding the context in which the documents were produced.

Dictatus Papae:

Fourth Lateran Council Cannons:

1. Your paper should have a clear thesis, body, and conclusion.
2. Your paper should be between 3 and 5 pages in length.
3. See the syllabus for the grading scheme for papers
4. 12 point, Times New Roman font
5. double spaced

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

HIST 127 Reading Four Instructions

The questions are due on Friday December 4th

Reading Questions for “Auschwitz, Auschwitz…I Cannot Forget You” By Max Garcia

What was life like for The Jewish community in which Max grew up?

Did the Nazis have Dutch allies?

What happened to the rest of the Garcia family?

How did Max get captured?

What is a Kommando in the context of the concentration camp?

What is the Prominenten Block?

How is Max finally liberated from the camps?

What role does Max play in the American military?

How does Max get to the United States?

HIST 125 Reading Four Instructions

The Questions are due on Friday December 4th.

Reading Question for Machiavelli’s “The Prince”

1. “…all principalities known to history are governed in one of two ways…” What are the two ways according to Machiavelli and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

2. What are the three ways to hold newly acquired states securely, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

3. What are some of the examples Machiavelli uses to show fortune mixed with qualities of personal strength?

4. What are the immediate problems “…with men who either buy their way into power or are granted it by the favor of someone else…”

5. Explain the idea of “…cruelty used well or badly.”

6. What must a man do “…who is made prince by the favor of the people…”

7. Because “[e]cclesiastical princes alone possess states, and do not defend them; subjects, and do not govern them…” they must follow a different path. Explain.

8. What are the problems with mercenaries?

9. How should a prince organize the militia?

10. What does Machiavelli think about being loved or feared as a ruler?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Final Map Quiz: All Sections

The link below will take you to the blank practice map. There are numerous maps in the textbook or online for you to practice. Each quiz will consist of 10 of the following 20 places (The quiz will contain all 20 locations!):

Northern Ireland
Balearic Islands
The Netherlands
Bay of Biscay

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Link to documentary on the Armenian Genocide

This is a link to the documentary we watched some of in class. I encourage you to finish watching.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Manifesto of the Communist Party: Full Text

Friday, January 4, 2008

Link to artwork by Hieronymus Bosch

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Selected Letters of Cicero

Voltaire's letters on the English 1778

Livy's History of Rome: Book 21 on Hanibal

Memoirs Of The Comtesse Du Barry, with minute details of her entire career as favorite of Louis XV. Written by herself

This is a link through the Gutenbug Project to the full text of this book.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Important doccuments of the Reformation

The Augsburg Confession

Martin Luther: Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants

Martin Luther: On the Jews and their Lies (excerpts for class discussion)

Martin Luther: On the Jews and Their Lies (Full Text)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Witchcraft Doccuments

Here are some selections from doccuments relating to witchcraft.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Malleus Maleficarum

Thursday, August 23, 2007

revocation of the Edict of Nantes

King Louis the XIV revocted the edict in 1685, less than 100 years after his grandfather Henry IV had proclaimed it.

Robert Bellarmine: Letter on Galileo's Theories, 1615

Galileo's letter of 1614 to the Grand Duchess Christina Duchess of Tuscany was not widely known, and was ignored by Church authorities. When a year later the Carmelite provincial Paolo Foscarini supported Galileo publicly by attempting to prove that the new theory was not opposed to Scripture, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, as "Master of Controversial Questions," responded.

Copernicus: The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies

Nicholas Copernicus was born February 19, 1473, in Poland. He entered the University of Krakow in 1491, then in 1495 went to Padua and studied medicine. In 1500 he was called to Rome and took the chair of mathematics there. He began to believe that the earth went round the sun about 1507 and from that time until his death worked, more or less intermittently, on his exposition of his theory. He delayed the publication of this exposition because of fear of being accused of heresy. Copernicus died May 24, 1543, just as his book was published. The knowledge of the time was not sufficient to prove his theory; his great argument for it was from its simplicity as compared to the epicycle hypothesis.

Monday, January 1, 2001


This is a link to the blank maps that are used for the map quizes.