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Mrs. Quezada

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Course Background

Advanced Placement European History is a fact based course in which you will analyze evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The main objective of this course is to teach you as students of history how to analyze primary sources and their relationship to political, cultural, social, economic, diplomatic and intellectual changes in Europe. The course is divided into four quarters that span the Late Middle Ages through the present. Each quarter is divided into units that will conclude with a multiple choice quiz and thematic essay. In addition, you will be completing two research based projects and work with DBQs (Document Based Questions) and FRQs (Free Response Questions) throughout the year.


Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment and Frank M. Turner. The Western Heritage. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 9th edition.

Supplementary Texts

Colton, Joel. AP Achiever: Advanced Placement Exam Prep Guide.Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 10th edition.

Lualdi, Katharine J. Sources of the Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures. Vol. II. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 3rd edition.

Sherman, Dennis, Western Civilization: Sources, Images, and Interpretations Vol.1 and 2. Boston: McGraw- Hill, 7th edition.

Wiesner, Merry E. Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence Vol. 1 and 2. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 6th edition.
Daily Quizzes and Independent Reading

Your success in this course will be dependent on your ability to manage your time, therefore it is imperative that you keep up with all independent readings and not wait until the last minute to cram all the information. You will be held accountable for all of the independent readings you do with quizzes at the end of each section.


The success of this class also depends on individual participation in class and group discussions. Classroom participation is a factor that will be taken into account when your work is being graded.

Required Material

You are required to purchase both a 2- subject spiral notebook and a 3- ring binder that will be brought to class EVERYDAY!

Spiral notebook should be divided as follows:

Tab 1: Activator/ Journal

Tab 2: Reading Homework/ Notes

Binder should be divided as follows:

Tab 1: Unit Goals

Tab 2: Worksheets/ Articles/ Primary Sources

Tab 3: Essays

Tab 4: Tests/ Quizzes/ Review Sheets

Tab 5: Maps

Extra Credit

This is a college level course and as a result NO extra credit opportunities will be offered.

AP Exam & Study Groups

The AP Exam is a comprehensive test that covers material from the entire school year (detailed information about the exam will be given at a later date). If you are enrolled in the European Studies course you are expected to take the AP European History Exam. Some class time will be allotted for review, however I encourage all of you to form and become part of a study group. Reviewing and NOT COPYING notes as a group can prove to be a helpful way of studying the information. AP Exam Date: May 6, 2011

Grade Breakdown

Mastery: Projects, Unit Tests, Essays, etc.

Mastery Support: Class work, Homework, Quizzes, etc.
Make- Up Work Assignments and Tests

It is your responsibility to collect any and turn in any work you have missed. All assignments MUST be completed on time and turned in on the date listed. If this is a problem, it is your responsibility to speak to me as soon as possible. If you are absent, you must email the paper to me before the end of the school day. As courtesy to those who turn their work in on time, any late work will receive a grade reduction!

Course Outline

First Quarter

Unit 1: From Medieval to Modern Europe (Chapters 9&10)

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  • Introduction to the course

  • Geography diagnostic

  • Writing diagnostic

  • Legacy of the Late Middle Ages

  • The Renaissance in Italy

  • Humanism

  • The Northern Renaissance

  • Voyages of Discovery and the New Empire in the West

DBQ Task: What is a DBQ??????

Unit 2: The Reformation/ Counter Reformation/ Religious Wars (Chapters 11&12)

  • The Protestant Reformation

  • Protestant Leaders

  • The English Reformation

  • The Counter- Reformation

  • The French Wars of Religion

  • Imperial Spain and the Reign of Philip II

  • England and Spain

DBQ Task: How to write an appropriate, explicit thesis that addresses all parts of the DBQ.

Unit 3: Absolutism and Constitutionalism (Chapter 13)
Political Philosophy and Organization in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Chapters 13 & 15)

  • Two Models of European Political Development

  • Constitutional Crisis and Settlement in Stuart England

  • Rise of Absolute Monarchy in France

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Russia Enters the European Political Arena

  • The Ottoman Empire

  • The Aristocracy

  • The Land and Its Tillers

DBQ Task: How to analyze documents individually and specifically for a DBQ.

Second Quarter

Unit 4: Society, Science, and Philosophy in the Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries (Chapters 14, 16, 17)

  • The Scientific Revolution

  • Philosophy Responds to Changing Science

  • The New Science and Religious Faith

  • Mercantile Empires

  • The Spanish Colonial System

  • Black African Slavery, the Plantation System, and the Atlantic Economy

  • Mid- Eighteenth- Century Wars

  • The American Revolution and Europe

  • Formative Influences on the Enlightenment

  • The Enlightenment and Religion

  • The Enlightenment and Society

  • Political Thought of the Philosphes

  • Women in the Thought and Practice of the Enlightenment

  • Enlightened Absolutism

Primary Sources: Descartes, Galilei, Newton, Kant, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Rousseau, etc.

Thematic Essay Question: To what extent was the War of the American Revolution a European conflict?

DBQ Task: Interpreting documents correctly.

Unit 5: French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Congress of Vienna (Chapters 18, 19 some)

  • Crisis of the French Monarchy

  • The Revolution of 1789

  • The Reconstruction of France

  • The Reign of Terror

  • The Rise of Napoleon

  • Napoleon’s Empire

  • European Response to the Empire

  • The Congress of Vienna

Primary Sources: Young, de Gouges, Napoleon, etc.

Thematic Essay Question: To what extent was the Third Estate responsible for altering the course of the French government?

DBQ Task: Using primary documents to support your thesis.

Unit 6: Romanticism (Chapter 19)

  • The Romantic Movement

  • Romantic Literature

Primary Sources: Hegel, Fichte, von Goethe, Byron, etc.

Thematic Essay Question: Using examples from the works of at least two English Romantics, describe the philosophy of the Romantic Movement in literature.


Third Quarter

Unit 7: Post Napoleonic Europe to Mid Century, 1815-50 (Chapter 20, 21)

  • The challenges of Nationalism and Liberalism

  • Conservative Governments: The Domestic Political Order

  • The Conservative International Order

  • The Conservative Order Shaken in Europe

  • Toward and Industrial Society

  • The Labor Force

  • Family Structures and the Industrial Revolution

  • Classical Economies

  • Early Socialism

Primary Sources: TBD

Thematic Essay Question: Describe Chartism and discuss its role in Britain in the nineteenth century.

DBQ Task: Grouping documents

Unit 8: Unification, Industrialism, Imperialism, Society, and Culture up to WWI (Chapters 22, 23, 24,)

  • The Crimean War

  • Italian, German Unification

  • The Habsburg Empire

  • Russia: Emancipation and Revolutionary Stirrings

  • Great Britain: Toward Democracy

  • Population Trends and Migration

  • The Second Industrial Revolution

  • The Middle Classes in Ascendancy

  • Varieties of Late Nineteenth Century Women’s Experiences

  • Jewish Emancipation

  • Labor, Socialism, and Politics to WWI

  • The New Reading Public

  • Science at Mid-century

  • Christianity and the Church under Siege

  • Toward a Twentieth- Century Frame of Mind

  • Women and Modern Thought

Primary Sources: Kipling, Darwin, Marx and Engels, etc.

Thematic Essay Question: Describe the typical lifestyles and pursuits of married middle class women in Europe during the Second Industrial Revolution

DBQ Task: How a DBQ is assessed.

Unit 9: World War I and the Russian Revolution (Chapter 25)

  • Expansion of European Power and the New Imperialism

  • Emergence of the German Empire and the Alliance Systems

  • WWI

  • Russian Revolution

  • The End of WWI and the Settlement at Paris

Primary Sources: Roosevelt, Lenin etc.

Thematic Essay Question: Analyze the significance of the 1904 Entente Cordiale between France and Britain

DBQ Task: DBQ Outline

Fourth Quarter

Unit 10: Interwar Era and World War II (Chapters 26, 27, 28)

  • Political and Economic factors after the Paris Settlement

  • The Soviet Experiment Begins

  • The Fascist Experiment in Italy

  • The Weimar Republic in Germany

  • Toward the Great Depression

  • Confronting the Great Depression in the Democracies

  • Germany: The Nazi Seizure of Power

  • Italy: Fascist Economics

  • The Soviet Union: Central Economic Planning and Party Purges

Primary Sources: Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin etc.

Thematic Essay: What social and political conditions in Germany facilitated Hitler’s rise to power; OR; What were some of Stalin’s major policies for organizing the Russian economy?

DBQ Task: DBQ Practice

Unit 11: Cold War and Post Cold War Europe to the Present (Chapters 29 & 30)

  • The Emergence of the Cold War

  • The Three Crises of 1956

  • Later Cold War Confrontations

  • The European Retreat from Empire

  • France, the United States and Vietnam

  • Toward Western European Unification

  • The Collapse of European Communism

  • Europe at the Opening of the Global Century

  • The Movement of Peoples

  • The Welfare State

  • New Patterns in the Work and Expectations of Women

  • Transformations in Knowledge and Culture

  • The Christian Heritage

  • Late Twentieth- Century Technology: The Arrival of the Computer

Primary Sources: de Beauvoir, Churchill, Khrushchev, Gorbachev, etc.

Thematic Essay: To what extent did the Solidarity movement in Poland help bring about the fall of communism and of the Soviet Union

DBQ Task: DBQ Practice

Unit 12: Review Unit and Wrap up

  • You will be spending approximately 2 weeks reviewing for the AP exam. During this time you will also be given a final exam (please see below)

  • The remainder of the time will be spent watching and analyzing films based on historical events.

Final Exam

Final Exam will consist of a practice AP exam. Exam will consist of 80 multiple choice questions, one DBQ and two FRQs

Project 1: Renaissance Project

Instructions: The project consists of a 5-7 minute oral presentation accompanied by a visual or oral aid and an annotated bibliography. You are to choose one of the individuals from the list. You are to choose one work by this person to discuss with the class. Bring a copy, excerpt, model, map, and/ or CD of that work to either show or play, and if possible, hand out copies to everyone in the class. Clearly, to succeed you must have some idea of what the spirit of the Renaissance is said to be and you must be able to explain this idea to your classmates.

Important points to remember are that

  • this is NOT a biographical report, so you should provide only the name, dates, and nationality of your individual;

  • the focus of your presentation should be on just ONE work and it should address the spirit of that work; and

  • your selection may NOT be drawn from or duplicate any selections provided in the text or in our sourcebooks, and it also should not be a work that everyone has already studied in English or art.



Brueghel (the Elder)






da Vinci






Holbein (the Younger)






Pico della Mirandolla








Semester 2: Social and Cultural History Paper

Instructions: You will be writing a five page paper in which you analyze and discuss an experience in life of Early Modern Europeans. Choose from among various classes, genders and ages under various conditions in different countries. The idea is to understand the experience from the point of view of those who were living it, and also to put the experience in a broader context- to interpret it as a reflection of the values and limitations of the times, and the trends of change it may represent. Then choose an assertion you know is true and want to prove to your reader, which will become your thesis. You must also include an annotated bibliography with your paper. You may choose any group covered during second semester.

(Source: College Board Advanced Placement European History Teacher’s Guide, and Sample Syllabi)

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