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.
StartIntroduction to the French Revolution
StartFrench Revolution Continues (Reign of Terror)
StartCrash Course - French Revolution
StartRobespierre Justifies the Use of Terror - Primary Source
StartWhy the Guillotine?
StartArtwork Depicting the Revolution
StartAssessment 1: timeline
StartAssessment 2: Essay