Historical Record of dbqs

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Historical Record of DBQs

2008B—French Revolutionary calendar

2008—German Peasants’ Revolt

2007B—Nobility in early modern France

2007—Early Modern childhood

2006B—Alsace-Lorraine in the 19th and 20th centuries

2006—Sports from 1860-1940

2005B—Science in early modern society

2005—European Union post-WWII

2004B— Pilgrimage of Grace

2004—Attitudes toward the poor, 1450-1700

2003B—Marshall Petain and Vichy France

2003—Germany during WWI

2002B—Italian fascism and birthrate

2002—Manchester and Industrial Revolution

2001—Greek independence and nationalism

2000—festivals in early modern Europe

1999—Russia peasants after emancipation

1998—Germany unity before 1848

1997—women in science

1996—Dutch republic rise and fall

1995—responses to the Black Death

1994—Irish v. English conflict, 1800-1914

1993—Renaissance education

1992—Pan slavism

1991—Slavery during Enl. & Fr. Rev.

1990—Spanish Civil War

1989—Women's status/suffrage in late 19th/early 20th centuries.

1988—Gin Act in G.B., 18th century social history.

1987—Literacy in Old Regime France

1986—Sudan Crisis (1884-85)

1985—Juvenile crime and treatment in G.B

1984—German aircraft industry

1983—Flemings and Walloons

1982—Child-rearing in GB--16-18th c.

1981—Class attitudes toward industry

1980—witchcraft scare

1979—Reign of Terror

1978—Education of women, 15th-18th centuries.

1977—Nazi Germany and S.A.

1976—Population trends in Germany/France

Key Interpretive Questions
Unit 2--The Renaissance

1. Discuss the social and economic conditions that gave rise to the Renaissance in Italy?

2. Define humanism and explain how it was applied in philosophy, education, art, and politics.
Unit 3--Exploration and New Monarchs

1. Discuss the economic, social, political, and religious motivations for exploration.

2. What impact did exploration have upon Europe and its colonies?

3. How did the New Monarchs (Henry VIII, Charles V, etc.) extend the power of the state?

Unit 4--Reformation

1. Analyze the social, political, and economic causes of the Protestant Reformation.

2. Review the different strains of Reformation thinking and evaluate their impact on European society, economy, and politics.

3. Assess the Catholic response to the Reformation and identify key elements of post-Trentine theology (after the Council of Trent).

Unit 5--16th Century Social History

1. Identify the elements of family, social, and economic life in the 16th century.

2. Identify the demographic and economic changes from 1500-1650 and analyze their impact on European society.
Unit 6--Wars of Religion

1. Explain the relationship between state and religion in the 16th/17th centuries and how it influenced conflicts over religion.

2. Trace the course and impact of the major wars of religion of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Unit 7--Royal Absolutism

1. Account for the rise of absolute monarchy and its defenders.

2. Compare and contrast the practices of state-building among the major powers, especially the development of divine-right monarchy in France and constitutional monarchy in Great Britain.

3. Discuss resistance and theories of resistance to absolute monarchy.

Unit 8--Scientific and Commercial Revolutions

1. Identify the new developments and thinkers in science and what was new about them.

2. Identify the elements of the Commercial Revolution, especially accounting for the rise of the Netherlands.

3. Assess the impact of the both revolutions on European political, economic, social, and intellectual life.

Unit 9--Balance of Power and Enlightened Absolutism in 18th century

1. Account for the rise of Prussia, Russia, Austria, and Great Britain and the decline of Spain and Dutch.

2. Explain the operation of the balance of power in warfare from 1650-1763.

3. Review and evaluate the application of Enlightenment ideals by Joseph II, Catherine II, and Frederick II.

Unit 10--The Enlightenment

1. Identify developments in economic and social life that created the atmosphere for the Enlightenment.

2. Identify the ideals of the Enlightenment, its major figures, and impact on European society.
Unit 11--The French Revolution and Napoleon

1. Identify and analyze the social, economic, political, and intellectual causes of the French Revolution.

2. Identify the stages, major actions taken by, and explain the radicalization of the French Revolution.

3. Assess the impact/accomplishments of the French Revolution and the reign of Napoleon.

Unit 12--Industrial Revolution

1. Analyze the social, economic, political, and geographic factors for Great Britain's lead in industrialization.

2. Evaluate the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

3. Compare the industrialization of France, Germany, and the other European nations.

Unit 13--Restoration, Reaction, and Revolution

1. Identify the principles, participants, and actions taken by the Congress of Vienna and its impact on the politics of the period, 1815-50.

2. Discuss the social and economic problems created by industrialization and how these were addressed by the ideologies of Conservatism, republicanism, socialism, Liberalism, and nationalism.

Unit 14--Nationalism and Social Change

1. Explain the impact of nationalism and its impact on the unification of Italy and Germany and reform efforts in other European nations.

2. Discuss the changes in social and family life in the period and how they reflect the new materialism and realism.

3. Explain developments in science and art.

Unit 15--Crisis of European Culture

1. Identify the elements of and changes brought by the Second Industrial Revolution.

2. Explain how developments in art, science, and the social sciences revolve around the theme of crisis.

3. How were liberal ideas and institutions challenged by developments in the period, 1871-1914.

Unit 16--Imperialism

1. Explain the motives and methods of European imperialism.

2. What impact imperialism have on Europe and its colonies?
Unit 17--The Great War

1. Explain the political, diplomatic, and intellectual causes for the Great War.

2. Discuss the impact of the war on European society, economy, politics, and gender/family life.
Unit 18--Russian Revolution and Soviet Development

1. Identify and analyze the long-term causes for the Russian Revolution.

2. Review the policies of Lenin and Stalin (1918-39) in stabilizing and modernizing the Soviet Union.
Unit 19--The Interwar Crisis

1. Identify the participants, principles, actions taken by, and impact of the Treaty of Versailles on the postwar period.

2. How do the cultural and social developments reveal the mood of the period?

3. Explain the causes and impact of the Great Depression.

Unit 20--World War II

1. Account for the rise of Hitler and failure of Weimar Republic.

2. Analyze Hitler's impact on Germany and foreign policy goals.

3. Trace events leading up to the war and evaluate the democracies' appeasement policies.

4. Explain the nature of World War II and Holocaust.
Unit 21--The Cold War

1. Trace the development of the Cold War and how it affected the development of both Western and Eastern Europe.

2. Discuss Western European efforts at recovery and economic unity.

3. Explain developments in European social, economic, and intellectual life as a response to WWII and Cold War.

Unit 22--To the Present

1. Account for the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

2. Evaluate Europe's responses to the re-emergence of nationalism in Europe and its further efforts toward unity.

3. What social, economic, and cultural issues does Europe face today?




Martin Luther

John Calvin

Elizabeth I



Louis XIV

Oliver Cromwell

John Locke

Thomas Hobbes

Peter the Great

Catherine the Great

Frederick the Great






Napoleon III










Renaissance humanism/art

development of state

printing press

commercial revolution

Baroque art

early modern society

witchcraft (women)

elite v. popular culture

scientific method

women in science

commercial wars

rise/fall of indiv. nations

serfdom and peasants

enlightened absolutism

18th c. culture/society



laissez faire

rise of childhood

women of Enlightenment


agricultural revolution

changes in warfare

women in French Rev.

Britain in 19th c.

19th c. ideologies

Congress of Vienna/ Concert of Europe

Romantic movement


modern British pol. parties

modern art

modern science

urbanization/mass society



women's suffrage

total war

interwar art/culture

Treaty of Versailles


interwar diplomacy

Great Depression

european unity

Soviet bloc, 1945-90





Protestant Reformation

Catholic Counter-Reform

religious wars

Scientific Revolution

Puritan Revolution


French Revolution

Reign of Terror

Industrial Revolution

revolutions of 1848

unification of Italy/Germ.

Russian Revolution

2nd Industrial Revolution


World War I

Cold War

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