World History

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Unit Components Explained

Each of our units are single authored and include a series of interrelated and diverse content. Each unit component speaks to a different topic or aspect of the time period and has been specifically chosen to reinforce the material. Each unit is comparable in focus to a chapter in a textbook but, unlike textbooks, you control which items are given to your students. All of our content is customizable and designed to live alongside your own teaching materials so you can combine content to create a unique program of study.

  • Core Essay: 15-16 page digital essay reinforced with audio, video, animation, and primary sources (includes an adapted version edited to an 11th grade reading level).
  • Topical Essay: 30-minute original lecture including slides, audio, author videos, and text. Also available as slide only for in-class use.
  • Problem: Primary source or data driven problem. Includes a context building background section, video from the author, and an analytical activity (optional for grading purposes) meant to engage students.
  • Note on Document and Response: Globalyceum will make available two new active learning features in January 2017. Document is a primary source with background and optional quiz to check for understanding. Response is a provocative question with context building background and some evidence.  There is an optional brief response writing assignment or poll.
  • Composition: A long form essay assignment building from one of our problems. Includes background historical work, writing support, and multiple drafts and outlines. Ask about our easy grader! (Starting Spring 2017, ask about customizing our basic composition platform with your writing prompt.)

Unit 1: Prehistory to Civilizations, Before 1200 BCE by Brian Fagan, University of California, Santa Barbara                                               

  • Core Essay: Prehistory to Civilizations, Before 1200 BCE
    • Section 1: Beginnings
    • Section 2: Migration, Farming, and Settling
    • Section 3:Early Civilizations
  • Topical Essay: Pyramids, The Mountains of Re
  • Author Videos
    • Homo Erectus
    • How Farming and Herding Changed Human Society
    • Urak
    • Pyramid Architecture and Technology
    • Pyramid Texts and What They Tell Us
    • The Worker Towns of the Pyramids

Unit 2: The Early Far East, 1200 BCE-200 CE (March/April)               

Unit 3: The Classical West, 1200 BCE-200 CE by Jonathan Roth, San Jose State University

  • Core Essay:The Classical West, 1200 BCE-200 CE
    • Section 1: The People
    • Section 2: The City
    • Section 3: Economy and Trade
  • Topical Essay: Spear, Sword, and Steed
  • Author Videos
    • Languages
    • Architecture
    • Trade Networks
    • Spear and its Uses in War
    • Sword and its Uses in War
    • Steed and its Uses in War

Unit 4: The Late Antique East, 200-1000 CE by Nicholas Tackett, University of California, Berkeley                                             

  • Core Essay: The Late Antique East, 200-1000 CE
    • Section 1: The State in the East
    • Section 2: Trade and Commerce
    • Section 3: Religion
  • Topical Essay: The Destruction of the Aristocracy in China
  • Author Videos
    • Kitan and Other Sinicized Empires
    • Southeast Asian and Malaysia Trade
    • Buddhism
    • Emergence of the Chinese Bureaucracy
    • Chang’an
    • China After the Aristocracy

Unit 5: The Late Antique West, 200 CE–1000 CE by Conor Whately, University of Winnepeg        

  • Core Essay: The Late Antique West, 200 CE-1000 CE
    • Section 1:Christianity
    • Section 2: Barbarians
    • Section 3: Decline or Transformation?
  • Topical Essay: Why the Roman East Did Not Fall
  • Author Videos
    • Classicizing Art
    • The End of Paganism
    • Being Roman in Late Antiquity
    • Warlike Thracians
    • Attila and the Huns
    • Sasanid Persia

Unit 6: Beyond Eurasia. Beginnings to 1500 CE by Brian Fagan, University of California, Santa Barbara                                     

  • Core Essay: Beyond Eurasia, Beginnings to 1500 CE
    • Section 1: Australia
    • Section 2: Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Section 3: The Americas
  • Tropical Essay: The Stone Towns of Azania
  • Author Videos
    • Land Bridges and Early Seafaring
    • Great Zimbabwe
    • Chaco Canyon
    • Mediterranean and Islamic Links to Early Africa
    • Lamu, Malindi, and Sofala
    • Zambezi River Societies

Unit 7: The Crossroads of the Middle East and South Asia, 700-1500 by Alfred Andrea, University of Vermont                                            

  • Core Essay: The Crossroads of the Middle East and South Asia, 700-1500
    • Section 1: Christian Identities
    • Section 2: Islamic Identities
    • Section 3: Hindu and Early Islamic India
  • Topical Essay: The Silk Road
  • Author Videos
    • Sunni vs. Shia
    • Mongols
    • Dunhuang
    • Merchants
    • Pilgrim


Unit 8: The Medieval West, 1000-1500 by Thomas Madden, St. Louis University                               

  • Core Essay: The Medieval West, 1000-1500
    • Section 1: The Age of Reform, 1000-1200
    • Section 2: The Rise of Towns, Trade, and Universities, 1200-1300
    • Section 3: Plague and Prosperity, 1300-1500
  • Topical Essay: The Crusades
  • Author Videos
    • Struggle Between Church and State
    • Venice
    • Prester John Legends
    • Muslim Reaction to the Crusades
    • Jewish Pogroms during the Crusades
    • Military Orders and Their Presence in the East


Unit 9: The East, 1300-1700 by Ken Hammond, New Mexico State University

  • Core Essay: The East, 1300-1700
    • Section 1: China
    • Section 2: Japan
    • Section 3: Korea and Vietnam
  • Topical Essay: New Visions of the City in Early Modern China
  • Author Videos
    • The Role of Silver in the Chinese Economy
    • Emergence of Urban Consumer Culture in the Tokagawa
    • Appropriation of Chinese Culture into Korea and Vietnam
    • Comparing Suzhou, China, and Imola, Italy
    • Comparing Hangzhou, China, and Venice, Italy
    • Ken Hammond on Guidebooks and Travelers in Early Modern China

Unit 10: The Early Modern West, 1500-1750 by Paula Findlen, Stanford University                     

Unit 11: Revolutions, Republics and Colonies, 1750-1900 byJP Daughton, Stanford University                                            

Unit 12: Empires in the Far East, 1700-1900

Unit 13: The Middle East and South Asia, 1500-1900 by James Clark, American Institute of Iranian Studies                                               

  • Core Essay: The Middle East and South Asia, 1500-1900
    • Section 1: The Islamic Empires
    • Section 2: The Challenges of the 18th Century
    • Section 2:The Impact of the West
  • Topical Essay: Iran’s Encounter with Modernity: The 19th Century
  • Author Videos
    • The Turkish Culture and the Imperial Impulse
    • Fragmentation in Iran and India
    • Wahhabis and Sauds
    • The Great Game
    • Iranian Reactionaries
    • Ex-Patriot Influence on the Constitutional Revolution

Unit 14: World Wars and Decolonization, 1900-45 by Pamela Radcliff, University of California, Berkeley                                     

  • Core Essay: World Wars and Decolonization, 1900-45
    • Section 1: War and Violence
    • Section 2: Early Paths to National Liberation/Decolonization
    • Section 3: Crisis of Meaning
  • Topical Essay: The Spanish Republic and Spanish Civil War
  • Author Videos
    • Mass Violence in the First Half of the Century
    • Models of National Liberation
    • Painting and Themse of the Crisis of Meaning
    • Why Wasn’t Spanish Democracy Stable in the 1930s?
    • High Level of Internal Violence in the Civil War
    • How Was the Spanish Civil War Viewed by the Rest of the World?

Unit 15: The Bipolar World and Its Demise, 1945-present by Katherine A.S. Sibley, St. Joseph’s University                                               

  • Core Essay: The Bipolar World and Its Demise, 1945-present
    • Section 1: The Making of the World Order, 1945-1963                    `
    • Section 2: The Demise of the Bipolar World, 1964-1989
    • Section 3: Culture, Ideas, and Identity without Boundaries
  • Topical Essay: 1960: Global Institutions in the Post-War World
  • Author Videos
    • 1960: The Year of Africa
    • The Fall of the Berlin Wall
    • International Women’s Movement
    • Diplomatic Institutions: United Nations
    • Economic Institutions: International Monetary Fund
    • Humanitarian Institutions: Universal Declaration of Rights

Unit 16: Globalization in the 20th and 21st Centuries by Manfred Steger, University of Hawaii, Manoa                                          

  • Core Essay: Globalization in the 20th and 21st Century
    • Section 1: The First Wave of Globalization, 1890 to 1914
    • Section 2: Second Wave, 1945 to 1975
    • Section 3: Third Wave, 1991 to Present
  • Topical Essay: From the National to the Global Imaginary
  • Author Videos
    • Globetrotting in the Early 1900s
    • Rebellious Youths
    • Climate Change and Pollution
    • Social Imaginary
    • Ideologies of the National Imaginary
    • Emergence of Global Imaginary in Our Lives







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