Below is a unit of instruction from my AP World History class. It is a perfect place to use one of the Capstone papers, Andrew Fan’s work on Africa after World War II (see point 3 of the outline below). In addition, we have interesting materials as part of the Academy Collection of Arts and Letters in the Library (click here for more information). Here is a link to the Capstone projects (scroll down for student papers). Click here please. Some of these resources may be useful in other classes–they run the gamut. Using alumni works/ publications etc. is one way to better leverage our resources at WA. It may help us to engage in conversation (bringing in guest speakers or as part of on-line forums). It may motivate students as well, particularly if they know the student who wrote the paper/book etc..
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The Collapse of the European World Order, 1880-1960
Essay question: What led to the collapse of the European world order?
10 multiple-choice questions as well (AP style).
1. You will need to read chapter 6, “American Power,” in Fareed Zakaria, The Post-American World for the test. Zakaria looks at economic trends from 1820-1950 and the world wars and relates them to the decline of Britain as a great power.
2. Another element in the process, what one historian called “a crisis of confidence,” is discussed in the film clip below. Also see handout, “Shapers of Modern Thought” and Sigmund Freud’s “Civilization and Its Discontents.” We will watch parts of Swan Lake and the Firebird Suite as part of this.
3. A third piece of the puzzle has to do with anti-colonial movements–in addition to Gandhi (you are watching the movie over break) see the French in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh, a part of the Cold War handout, and Andrew Fan, “‘the Watchman on the Walls of World Freedom: America and the Rising Tide of African Nationalism” (this is an early draft of Andrew’s Capstone paper, for the final paper see, Andrew Fan, “Rhetoric and Realism: The Kennedy Myth and the Cold War in Africa”.pdf).
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