History of the Renaissance and Early Modern World

Course Description


Full-year course. A survey of world history from the capture of Constantinople until 1800, covering the European Renaissance, the Reformation, European explorations in the New World, the rise of slavery and African resistance, the Elizabethan Age, unification and isolation in Japan and China, the Moghul empire of India, Ottoman threats to the West, the Enlightenment, the American Revolution and establishment of the United States, the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, the foundations of the British empire, and the increasing influence of industrialization. When taken in combination with our Literature of the Early Modern World course, students will receive the integrated Great Books and History coverage recommended in The Well-Trained Mind. 

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Course texts:

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  • Asia: A Concise History, Arthur Cotterell
  • India: A History, Revised and updated, John Keay
  • America: A Concise History, Vol. 1: To 1877, 6th edition, James A. Henretta and Rebecca Edwards
  • A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present, 3rd edition, John Merriman (Students may also use the 2004 2nd edition of A History of Modern Europe)

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 10-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Social Sciences credit upon completion of this course.

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