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Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

Start Date:
Self-Paced
Effort:
4 weeks / 6 hours per week
Price:
Free

About This Course

It reviews all of the substantive material that is usually taught in the second semester in Western civilization. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Dr. Robert Clemm, professor of History at Grove City College, this course will cover European history from the mid-seventeenth century through the post-Second World War period, including political, economic, and cultural developments such as scientific thought, the Enlightenment, the French and Industrial Revolutions, and the First and Second World Wars.

“Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present" is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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FAQs

How is this course organized?

This course is organized into twelve major modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and reading.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate ability to identify the causes and effects of major historical events and reach conclusions on the basis of facts.

The exam contains approximately 120 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures, exercises, readings and interactive resources taught by a top quality university professor.

Outline

Introduction

Fundamentals   

Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. Absolutism and Constitutionalism, 1648-1715

1.0 Introduction to Absolutism and Constitutionalism, 1648-1715   

1.1 Dutch Republic   

1.2 The English Revolution   

1.3 France under Louis XIV   

1.4 Formation of Austria and Prussia   

1.5 The "Westernization" of Russia   

1.6 Readings

2. Competition for Empire and Economic Expansion

2.0 Introduction to Competition for Empire and Economic Expansion   

2.1 Global Economy of the Eighteenth Century   

2.2 Europe after Utrecht, 1713-1740   

2.3 Demographic Change of the Eighteenth Century   

2.4 Readings

3. The Scientific View of the World

3.0 Introduction to The Scientific View of the World   

3.1 Major Figures of the Scientific Revolution   

3.2 New Knowledge of Man and Society   

3.3 Political Theory   

3.4 Readings

4. Period of Enlightenment

4.0 Introduction to Period of Enlightenment   

4.1 Enlightenment Thought   

4.2 Enlightened Despotism   

4.3 Partition of Poland   

4.4 Readings

5. Revolution and Napoleonic Europe

5.0 Introduction to Revolution and Napoleonic Europe   

5.1 The Revolution in France   

5.2 The Revolution and Europe   

5.3 The French Empire   

5.4 Congress of Vienna   

5.5 Readings

6. The Industrial Revolution

6.0 Introduction to The Industrial Revolution   

6.1 Agricultural and Industrial Revolution   

6.2 Causes of the Industrial Revolution   

6.3 Economic and Social Impact   

6.4 British Reform Movement   

6.5 Readings

7. Political and Cultural Developments, 1815-1848

7.0 Introduction to Political and Cultural Developments, 1815-1848   

7.1 Conservatism   

7.2 Liberalism   

7.3 Nationalism   

7.4 Socialism   

7.5 The Revolutions of 1830 and 1848   

7.6 Readings

8. Politics and Diplomacy in the Age of Nationalism, 1850-1914

8.0 Introduction to Politics and Diplomacy in the Age of Nationalism, 1850-1914   

8.1 The Unification of Italy and Germany   

8.2 Austria-Hungary   

8.3 Russia   

8.4 France   

8.5 Socialism and Labor Unions   

8.6 European Diplomacy, 1871-1900   

8.7 Readings

9. Economy, Culture and Imperialism, 1850-1914

9.0 Introduction to Economy, Culture and Imperialism, 1850-1914   

9.1 Demography   

9.2 World Economy of the Nineteenth Century   

9.3 Technological Developments   

9.4 Science, Philosophy and the Arts   

9.5 Imperialism in Africa and Asia   

9.6 Readings

10. The First World War and the Russian Revolution

10.0 Introduction to The First World War and the Russian Revolution   

10.1 The Causes of the First World War   

10.2 The Economic and Social Impact of the War   

10.3 The Peace Settlements   

10.4 The Revolution of 1917 and its Effects   

10.5 Readings

11. Europe Between the Wars, The Great Depression

11.0 Introduction to Europe Between the Wars, The Great Depression   

11.1 International Politics, 1919-1939   

11.2 Stalin’s Five Year Plans and Purges   

11.3 Italy and Germany Between the Wars   

11.4 Interwar Cultural Developments   

11.5 Readings

12. The Second World War and Contemporary Europe

12.0 Introduction to The Second World War and Contemporary Europe   

12.1 The Causes and Course of the Second World War   

12.2 Postwar Europe   

12.3 Science, Philosophy, the Arts and Religion   

12.4 Social and Political Developments   

12.5 Readings

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

Final Steps

Prof. Robert Clemm's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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