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Revolutions Past and Present

This course begins by examining the three main western philosophers - Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau - that influenced the first modern Western revolution, the French revolution. The course delves into the French Revolution for its successes and failures.

Then, the students read Marx's Communist Manifesto and examine the causes and results of the Russian Revolution. While studying the Russian Revolution, students read George Orwell's Animal Farm and Candace Fleming's award winning historical biography, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia.

Students further their understanding of Marxist ideology in action through the events and consequences of the Chinese Revolution.

The students, then, take their learning from these three seminal revolutions to study the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, looking at its roots and consequences.

The course uses primary and secondary source materials, both print and video, to help students uncover and construct their own understanding of the revolutionary process.

This course is meant for students interested in making connections throughout history and literature and who are able to read critically at a 7th grade level and up.


Your Instructor


Dr. Deena Amiry
Dr. Deena Amiry
Dr. Deena Amiry earned her B.S. from Georgetown University with a certificate in education and a medal for outstanding achievement in student teaching. She earned her Masters’ degree from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Romance Languages, where she served as a lecturer of French language and literature. Dr. Amiry worked in several private schools in the United States, including the prestigious Dalton School in New York City. At Dalton, alongside teaching responsibilities, Dr. Amiry served as Dean of the 9th grade and department chair of middle and high school foreign languages.
In Egypt, Dr. Deena Amiry co-founded and headed the International School of Egypt in New Cairo in 2009. In 2012, Dr. Deena moved on and founded the Young Scholars of Egypt (YSE) microschool, an educational program for children ages 3-18 that aims to provide students with an education that prepares them for the 21st century. In 2019, alongside ACT’s founding team, Dr. Deena brought YSE under ACT’s umbrella to create a network of connected microschools.

Course Curriculum


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