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Students explore 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.
Considering the perspectives of various stakeholders—European colonial men and women, enslaved Africans, and native peoples—students explore the complex factors that led to rebellion, war, and, ultimately, the independence of the United States.
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.
Students explore the history of Western relations with China and consider the global impact of China’s economic growth, societal transformation, and increasing international involvement.
Students trace the history of the black freedom struggle from Reconstruction through the 1960s. Readings and activities focus on the grass-roots movement to achieve civil rights for African Americans.
Students explore the causes and effects of global warming and delve into questions of who is most responsible for and vulnerable to the changing climate.
Colonization in Africa
Students explore Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and consider the changes colonialism imposed on African governments, economies, and societies.
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.
Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile Crisis: Considering its Place in Cold War History probes the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba, and examines the crisis that brought the world to the brink of war. The unit incorporates groundbreaking research on the Cuban missile crisis.
Fog of War
A series of lesson plans to accompany Errol Morris’ Academy Award winning full-length documentary, which examines issues of war and peace in the twentieth century through the lens of one of the century’s pivotal figures, Robert McNamara.
Readings, case studies, and primary sources prepare students to consider the trade-offs of foreign aid and articulate their own views on the future direction of U.S. policy.
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.
Students trace the evolution of the international community’s response to genocide and examine how the United States has responded to six cases of genocide.
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 one of the most successful revolts of enslaved people in the history of the world.
Through readings and activities students explore the history of international human rights and consider various options for defining and protecting rights.
Students explore the history of immigration to the United States and current U.S. immigration policy in the Trump era.
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.
International Trade in a Globalized World helps students explore the controversies surrounding international trade. Students consider the issues that affect trade including globalization in the United States and abroad.
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.
Readings and activities explore the history of Iraq, help students understand events surrounding the U.S. led-invasion, and explore the effects of the war on Iraq, the United States, and the international community.
Readings and activities examine the events in the United States and overseas in the early years of World War II and then recreates the great debate that took place in the United States over the Lend-Lease Act.
Japanese American Incarceration
In this FREE curriculum unit students examine U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II, the varied experiences of incarcerated Japanese Americans, and the ways that members of the Japanese American community and others in the United States have remembered and continue to remember incarceration.
Students explore Mexico’s 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.
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.
A New Nation asks students to consider the opportunities, hardships, aspirations, and questions facing people across the United States in its earliest years—from 1783-1830.
Students explore Nigeria’s history—from the precolonial to the present—and think about what the country’s future might look like.
The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons introduces students to the history of nuclear weapons and the concept of deterrence. It examines arguments for and against nuclear weapons and looks at three challenges facing us today: the leftover arsenals of the Cold War, proliferation, and the threat of nuclear terrorism.
Students survey the economic issues and political developments that have shaped the outlook of policymakers in the Kremlin and Washington.
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 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.
Students consider the changing nature of terrorism, the motivations of terrorists, and the policy challenges for the United States.
Students trace the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the struggle for independence, and Turkish resistance against European imperialism.
U.S. Role in the World
The U.S. Role in a Changing World helps students identify global issues, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world.
The United Nations: Challenges and Change helps students consider the record of the United Nations since its founding. Students examine the UN’s role in the world through an evaluation of three areas of UN work: the Security Council, peacekeeping, and human rights.
Westward Expansion: A New History explores the transformation of the North American continent in the nineteenth century. Students examine this complicated and violent history through two lenses, first considering the major events and policies that accompanied U.S. westward growth, and then exploring the effects of U.S. expansion on a local level.