World History

The United States in Afghanistan

The United States in Afghanistan brings students into the policy debate about the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Students begin by exploring Afghanistan’s culture and history, and then examine the events that led to the Soviet invasion, the arrival of Osama bin Laden, and the situation today.

Brazil: A History of Change

Brazil: A History of Change draws students into an often surprising and overlooked history. Like the United States, Brazil was colonized, gained its independence, and eventually overshadowed its colonizer. Like the United States, Brazil is a country of immigrants with a history of slavery that shaped its growth and affects it to the present day. Yet Brazil: A History of Change helps students see Brazil as a unique, dynamic country with an important history, diverse culture, and its own path of development.

Colonization and Independence in Africa

Colonization and Independence in Africa helps students explore Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and consider the changes colonialism imposed on African governments, economies, and societies. Students then consider African resistance to colonialism and examine the experiences of Africans in four case studies.

History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba

History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba traces Cuba’s history from the country’s precolonial past to its most recent economic, social, and political changes. Students re-create the discussions Cubans on the island are having about their country’s future.

The French Revolution

The French Revolution traces the history of France during this epoch. Students explore France's political and social organization, its competition for empire, its financial crises, and the efforts to reshape French society.

The Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution explores the development of the American colonial world and one of the greatest wealth-producing colonies in world history. Students consider the different groups involved in the conflict, draw connections between events in Europe and the Americas, and reflect on the legacies of the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world.

Indian Independence and the Question of Partition

Indian Independence and the Question of Partition examines the history leading up to the British withdrawal from the Indian subcontinent in 1947 and the legacies of partition that remain today. Readings and activities explore the era of British colonialism, Indian campaigns for independence, and the political debates between Indian groups and the British leading up to partition. Students learn about the experience of one province, Bengal, to gain an in-depth understanding of what was at stake for different groups at the time.

Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution

Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution traces the history of Iran from its early dynasties to the present. Readings and activities help students understand the political and cultural conditions that led to the 1979 Revolution and its aftermath.

A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq draws students into the public debate on the U.S. decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Readings and activities provide students with an overview of the history of Iraq, help students understand events surrounding the U.S. led-invasion, and explore the effects of the war on Iraqi society, the United States, and the international community.

Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads

Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads involves students in Mexico's wrenching economic and cultural transformation. The unit probes Mexico's complex identity and history and brings students face-to-face with the difficult policy choices confronting the people of Mexico today.

Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change

Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change invites students to explore Nigeria’s history—from the precolonial to the present—and think about what the country’s future might look like.

The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution explores the events leading up to Lenin and the Bolsheviks' assumption of power. Students examine the political and economic conditions that led to the fall of the Tsar and explore the competing political ideologies in revolutionary-era Russia.

Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa’s Struggle

Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa's Struggle explores the history of South Africa and the development of a race-based society, the effects of apartheid on individuals and society, and the decision by some members of the anti-apartheid community to use violence to oppose the government's policies.

Empire, Republic, Democracy: 
Turkey’s Past and Future

Empire, Republic, Democracy: Turkey’s Past and Future traces the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the history of the Turkish Republic. Students explore the legacies of Atatürk’s sweeping reforms and then grapple with the same questions and challenges facing people in Turkey today.

The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy

The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy draws students into the U.S. policy debate on one of the world's most important regions. Students examine the role of oil in geopolitics, the issues between Israel and the Palestinians, the significance of the Iranian Revolution, and other historical issues that have shaped U.S. relations in the region.
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