Middle East in the Cold War
Due Tuesday, May 14:
- Compare and contrast Mao to Adolf Hitler.
- Why is Mao not regarded as one of history’s greatest butchers like Stalin or Hitler?
- How does Mao maintain Chinese independence while still following Communist ideas?
- Compare and contrast Mao to Confucius.
- List three reasons for the Cultural Revolution.
Middle East in World War II
Due Tuesday, May 7:
- What starts the feminist movement in the Middle East? Why?
- How is Saudi Arabia created? Why are the British not involved?
- Why is Transjordan created?
- Why does Palestine become overrun with Jewish people?
- How do the British react to the Palestinian uprising?
- How are all borders of the Middle East countries, except Palestine, created?
- Why does Lebanon want to be a colony of France?
- Why is the Rif War important?
- Why do the British invade Iraq in 1941?
- Why would the French government reject Syrian and Lebanese independence in 1943?
Rise of Hitler
Due Friday, May 3: Completed Mein Kampf questions.
Rape of Nanking
Screening: October: 10 Days that Shook the World (1927)
Due Tuesday, April 30: In two pages, double-spaced, describe how the filmmaker gets the audience on the side of the Bolsheviks vs. the provisional government.
World War I
Introduction to World War I
19th Century Middle East
Due Tuesday, April 16:
- Where is Muhammad Ali Pasha originally from?
- What brings Muhammad Ali Pasha to Egypt?
- Why do the Ottomans like Muhammad Ali Pasha?
- What leads the Ottomans to fear Muhammad Ali Pasha?
- Why are the Ottomans forced to make reforms?
- How does the Crimean War start?
- Explain how the British gain control of the Suez Canal?
- Why is Algeria unhappy with France?
- Why do the French invade Algeria?
- Why does France receive Tunisia at the Congress of Berlin?
19th Century Japan
Due Friday, April 12:
- What impact does the United States have in ending the shogunate?
- What internal problems lead to the end of the shogunate?
- Where do the Japanese get inspiration for their constitution?
- What are three items present in the Japanese Constitution of 1890?
- How is Japan able to pay for its industrialization?
- How does this policy impact the development of labor for factories in cities?
- How does the Japanese educational system change in the 1800s?
- Who does Japan help get freedom from China for? What happens to this country in 1908?
- What started the war between Japan and Russia?
- Why was the Russo-Japanese War such a shock to the rest of the world?
19th Century Japan
Due Wednesday, April 10: Leopold II Questions (if not completed in class)
- Why is Leopold II not put in the same class of brutality as Hitler or Stalin?
- Why would something like this be allowed to happen by other European leaders?
- Why was Leopold II allowed to do this without his people revolting?
- How does Leopold II’s background influence his adult life?
- Compare Leopold II with Genghis Khan.
19th Century India
Industrial Revolution and Karl Marx
Due Tuesday, April 2: Communist Manifesto Questions
19th Century China
Due Friday, March 29:
- What role did the British play in starting the Opium War?
- How is Queen Victoria’s response to the Chinese concern over opium similar to what we’d find in our country today?
- What does the Treaty of Nanking (1842) do?
- Explain why the Taiping Rebellion occurs?
- What role do Russia, Germany, and Japan play in China’s foreign problems of the 1800s?
- Define the Open Door Policy.
- Why does the Boxer Rebellion occur?
Middle East to 1800
Due Tuesday, March 12:
- What does Mamluk mean in Arabic?
- How were Mamluks created?
- What happens to Muslims who leave Spain after 1492?
- Explain how the Ottoman ideas on good governance are cyclical.
- Who takes power from the Ottomans during the 18th Century?
- Who was Zahir al-Umar?
- Who was Ali Bey?
- Why is Ali defeated?
- Why is Zahir defeated?
- How do the Wahhabis cause problems for the Ottomans?
India 1500 to 1800
Due Friday, March 8:
- Who founded the Mughal empire?
- Why was such a small army able to take India?
- How does Akbar help keep peace among the different religions in India?
- How was Akbar’s tax policy helpful?
- What leads to the decline of the Mughal empire after Akbar dies?
- What is Shah Jahan’s biggest accomplishment?
- Why do domestic revolts break out under Aurangzeb?
- Why are the Portuguese different from the British when it comes to India?
- What leads to the British taking control of India?
- How are Indians impacted by British rule?
China 1500 to 1800
Due Tuesday, March 5: (if not completed in class)
- What impresses the Chinese about Europeans?
- What impresses the Europeans about the Chinese?
- What leads to the ending of the Ming Dynasty?
- How do the Manchus make the Chinese conform to their rule?
- How do the Manchus keep their own culture?
- Why is Kangxi important?
- Why does Qianlong start to have problems?
- How do the Chinese deal with the Russians?
- How do the Chinese deal with the British?
- Why might the British not like the Chinese system?
Japan 1500 to 1800
Due Friday, March 1: (if not completed in class)
- Why is the Tokugawa shogunate so important?
- Why is Oda Nobunaga important?
- Why is Toyotomi Hideyoshi important?
- Why is Tokugawa Ieyasu able to unite all of Japan under one rule?
- Why are Europeans first allowed into Japan?
- Why are Europeans not allowed into Japan?
- How was life in Tokugawa Japan oppressive to samurai?
- How was life in Tokugawa Japan oppressive to peasants?
- How was life in Tokugawa Japan oppressive to women?
- How was life in Tokugawa Japan enjoyable?
Due Tuesday, February 26:
95 Theses Questions
Columbus Day debate
Research for Columbus Day debate
Debate on Friday!
Spanish Conquest of Mexico
Due Tuesday, February 12:
In one page, single spaced, compare and contrast the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish from the Spanish and Aztec perspectives.
Due Friday, February 8:
- How does the invasion of the Ottoman Empire into Europe relate to current relations between Islam and Christianity? What does the failure of a Muslim takeover of Europe mean for today’s Europeans?
- How can Mehmed II be characterized as an: enlightened, barbaric, just, and intellectual ruler? Which do you think is the most accurate? Why?
- Why do you think Mehmed II decided to keep Hagia Sophia and turn it into a mosque instead of levelling it like he did other churches in Constantinople?
- Why is Istanbul such an important city: culturally, militarily, religiously, and politically?
- Compare Mehmed II to Muhammad.
India 500 to 1500
Due Friday, February 1:
- What would Genghis Khan say about the current image people have of him?
- What does the story of Genghis Khan, fact and fiction, say about the writing of history, interpretation of history, and the creation of history?
- Will Genghis Khan always have the image of being a bloodthirsty killer? Why or why not?
- Describe how Khan struggled to balance family responsibility with public ambition and loyalty to all his people. Which side would you dedicate more of your time to? Why?
- How does Khan’s childhood influence his later life?
China from 500 to 1500
Due Tuesday, January 29:
- What caused the collapse of the Han Dynasty?
- How is the Sui Dynasty created?
- What is the major accomplishment of the Sui Dynasty?
- What causes the downfall of the Sui Dynasty?
- What are some external accomplishments of the Tang Dynasty?
- What are some internal accomplishments of the Tang Dynasty?
- What causes the Tang Dynasty to fall?
- How is the Song Dynasty created?
- What are some accomplishments of the Song Dynasty?
- What leads to the downfall of the Song Dynasty?
Japan from 500 to 1500
Due Friday, January 25:
- Why does the majority of the Japanese population reside on the East Coast?
- What causes Japan to get a centralized government?
- Where do the Japanese get ideas for how their centralized government should be run?
- What reforms happen after Shotoku Taishi’s death?
- What leads to the downfall of centralized government in Japan?
- What was the purpose of the samurai class?
- What is a shogun?
- What is the purpose of the shogun?
- What happens when the Mongols attempt to invade Japan?
- Who becomes the most powerful following the end of the Kamakura shogunate?
Due Tuesday, January 22:
- What was the purpose of the Renaissance?
- Define Renaissance Man.
- Define humanism.
- Which subjects are now included in the Humanities?
- Where does the Renaissance style emerge?
- What were the two developments made in Renaissance artistic style?
- Who are the major figures of the High Renaissance?
- List the dominant city-states in Italy.
- How does France maintain monarchical power?
- How does Spain become unified?
Screening: The Crusades: The Crescent and the Cross (2005)
Due Tuesday, January 15:
- Why is Charlemagne's being named emperor of Rome important?
- How can Charlemagne be considered the “Father of Europe”?
- Why are the Vikings so successful in attacking Europe?
- How are the Vikings calmed into settlement?
- Define the following:
- How does capitalism develop in the Middle Ages?
- How do cities develop in the Middle Ages?
- How is the Black Death a worldwide problem?
- How does the plague reach Europe?
- What did Europeans believe was the cause of the plague?