What did Chariots of Fire tell us about History???
His*tor*y – hist (ə) rē – n. (pl. –ies) - the study of past events, particularly human affairs. - Oxford/English Dictionary Is this all there is to history???
Let’s consider some other explanations… 1.History is a vast early warning system. – Norman Cousins. 2. The present is the living sum of the whole past. - Thomas Carlyle 3. "The function of the historian is neither to love the past nor to emancipate himself from the past, but to master and understand it as the key to the understanding of the present." E. H. Carr 4. If you don't know history, you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ~Michael Crichton
Point of View Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters. ~African Proverb Since history is so significantly about human history, what is being left out??? Why might this be???
Understanding World History 6 Themes of AP World History
Change and Continuity The dynamics of change and continuity across the world history periods covered in this course, and the causes and processes involved in major changes of these dynamics. One of your FRQs is a CCOT.
Interaction Patterns and effects of interaction among societies and regions: trade, war, diplomacy, and international organizations.
Impacts on people and the environment (I. P. E.) The effects of technology, economics, and demography on people and the environment (population growth and decline, disease, labor systems, manufacturing, migrations, agriculture, weaponry, etc…)
Social Structures This includes social/class structures and gender issues. Comparing major features within and among societies, and assessing change and continuity)
Culture Cultural, intellectual, and religious developments, including interactions among and within societies.
Politics Changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political entities (political culture), including the emergence of the nation-state (types of political organization).
Historical Examples With the following activity, place each event within its proper theme (some may fall under more than one).
1.The Crusades from 1100 – 1300 C.E. in which Christian Europe tried to retake the holy land (Palestine) from Islam.
2.The new role of women after the Neolithic Revolution.
3.The French Revolution of 1789 in which the lower class overthrew the monarchy and began the National Assembly.
4. Modern-day global warming and the possible causes by humans.
5. The dominant religion in the Middle East has been Islam for the past 1400 years.
6. The transport of African slaves during the Middle Passage from Africa to the New World across the Atlantic Ocean from 1500 – 1800.
7. Development of first societies along navigable rivers like the Nile, Tigris- Euphrates, Indus, and Huang He.
8. Napoleon and Hitler’s inability to conquer Russia during the winter.
9. When humans made the transition from oral history to recording history in written form like cuneiform, hieroglyphics.
10. The institution of Caesar in Classical Rome as the sole leader of the Empire.
11.Negotiations between the U.S., China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Russia over North Korea’s nuclear disarmament program.
So what do all this mean ??? History is not a vacuum. Nothing in history is isolated and everything has consequences across time and space. The world is connected and our job is to learn the processes that have connected the world together over the last 10,000 years. Easy right… ?