• World History

    Current and Upcoming Topics of Study
     

    World History

    Power and Authority
    • What forces propel societies toward liberty, on the one hand, or authority on the other? 
    • What paths do societies tend to choose when they attempt to determine best government?  
    • What do each of these paths look like?

    Questioning Authority

    • Who can question authority?  What can be questioned?
    • In what ways was the concept of the individual shaped by the Renaissance/Reformation and the Enlightenment/French Revolution?
    • How did an evolving sense of identity impact the ways in which individuals attempted to understand and improve their world?
    • How were the dynamic tensions created by the desire for freedom and the need for order accelerated by the Renaissance/Reformation and the Enlightenment/French Revolution?
    • What features of the developing concept of the individual can we recognize in the 21st century?
    • How did the changing concept of the individual impact Western Europe?
    • What forces propel societies toward liberty, on the one hand, or authority on the other? 
    Personal and National Identity in Modern Europe
    • What elements create national identity?
    • What is nationalism?
    • What is the difference between a nation and a state?
    • What is a nation-state?
    • What approaches have governments used to develop nations, states, and national identities?
    • What is the relationship between the desire to expand freedom and the development of national identity?
    • What is the relationship between the need to better understand/improe one’s world and the development of national identity?
    • What impact do personal identity, ethnicity, and religion have on the development of national identity/citizenship?
    • How did nationalism demonstrate a capacity to unify and mobilize people for both good and ill?
    • How did the dynamic tension between the desire for individual autonomy and collective national identity create conflicting demands on a society’s search for best government?
     
     
     

     

Last Modified on September 14, 2016