Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HIST 125 Final Reading Assignment

Reading Question for Machiavelli’s “The Prince”
Read the introduction and the entire book. Questions are due Friday December 5th

“…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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

What are the problems with mercenaries?

How should a prince organize the militia?

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

HIST 127 Final Reading Assignment

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

You must read pages 3-173. Questions are due Friday December 5th.

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 Final Exam Prep

Describe the first few centuries of the development of Christianity. How was Christianity transformed from a Jewish cult into the official religion of the Roman empire? What were some of the earliest divisions in the new church? How did the early church deal with individuals who existed outside the normal ecclesiastical structure?

The Byzantine Emperor Justinianian 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?

The crusades marked not just the beginning of an attempt by Western Europeans to conquer the ‘Holy Lands’ in the East, but also the formation of a persecuting society? What is meant by this and how did it manifest over the centuries of crusading?

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 economic expansion that took place in Europe during the between 900 and 1300 of the common era.

How did the political makeup of Europe in 1500 C.E. differ from that in 1300 C.E.?

Explain how the Black Death of the 14th century changed the economics of Western Europe. Describe the changes for specific groups, i.e.: the poor in urban or rural areas and members of the nobility, and the merchant class.

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?


Eremitic monasticism
Vulgate Bible
Five Pillars of Islam
Carolingian Renaissance
Lay investiture
Magna Carta
Bernard of Clairvaux
Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy
Joan of Arc
Golden Bull
Civic humanism
Thomas Moore
Johann Gutenberg

HIST 127 Final Exam Prep

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?

Industrialization brought rapid and widespread change to Europe. What were some of the positive and negative aspects of these changes?

1870 saw a resurgence in imperialism and the establishment of European colonies throughout the world. What were some of the reasons that colonialism had fallen out of favor in the years between the fall of Napoleon and 1870? What were some of the reasons that both supporters and critics claimed caused this resurgence?

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.

Why did the depression that began in the U.S. in 1929 have such rapid and profound effects on European economies?

What were some of the reasons that totatalitarian systems of government seemed appealing to so many individuals in the first half of the twentieth century?

Describe the political geography of Europe in the years after the defeat of the Nazi regime in Germany.


Congress of Vienna
Frankfurt Assembly
Otto von Bismark
Young Turks
Paris Commune
Social Darwinism
Boxer Rebellion
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
Treaty of Locarno
Maginot Line
Vichy France
Yalta Conference
Truman Doctrine
Warsaw Pact
Prague Spring

Thursday, September 4, 2014


You are required to attend one of the films for your section (either 125 or 127) to write your 3-5 page film analysis paper over. Three extra credit points are available for each film you see other than your analysis film. To get the extra credit points you will be required to write a short (3-5 paragraph) summary of the film. 20 points of extra credit total are available for the semester. I have put links to the film trailers with the listings so that you can look through and see which film you would like to do your paper on.

All films will be shown in the auditorium in building one (Room 306)at 5 p.m.

December 4th: HIST 127 (The Baader Meinhof Komplex)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HIST 127 Map Quiz 4-6 study guides

You can print out the blank maps to practice. There are maps in each chapter of the textbook as well as loads of websites online to use while you are studying.



Be able to identify the following on map one (Europe Political):

Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
The Netherlands

Be able to identify the following on map two (Europe Physical):

Pyrenees Mts.
Alps Mts.
Apennine Mts.
Rhine River
Ebro River
Danube River
Po River
Atlantic Ocean
Baltic Sea
North Sea
Mediterranean Sea
English Chanel
Straights of Gibraltar
Gulf of Finland

HIST 125 Map Quiz 4-6 Study guides

There are maps in each chapter of the textbook as well as loads of websites online to use while you are studying. The links below will allow you to print out blank practice maps.



Be prepared to identify the following on the maps:
Roman Empire to 500 C.E.:
Iberian Peninsula
Italic Peninsula

Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic Ocean
Baltic Sea
North Sea
Tyrrhenian Sea
Persian Gulf
Red Sea
Po River
Aral Sea
Aegean Sea
Final Areas of Settlement for:Vandals, Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Anglo-Saxons, Franks.

Western Europe Political:
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
The Netherlands

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.