Bridging History: Unit Six, 6th April through 21st May
"The World We Live In"
Theme 1: Imperial Designs
What lasting impacts did modern imperialism have on the world? The profound consequences of imperialism are examined in the South African frontier and Brazil, where politics, culture, industrial capitalism, and the environment were shaped and re-shaped.
Theme 2: Colonial Identities
How did colonialism and eventual de-colonization mutually affect the colonizer and the colonized? From Zanzibar to India, colonial and post-colonial identities are examined through clothing.
Theme 3: Global War & Peace
How "global" were the World Wars? This theme examines Japanese imperialism, the Belgian Congo, and twentieth century peace institutions to study how local, national, ethnic, and religious conflicts shaped these wars and their aftermaths.
Theme 4: People Shape the World
What is the impact of the individual in world history? This unit examines the role of individual and collective action in shaping the world through the lives of such diverse figures as Mao Zedong, the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.
Theme 5: Globalization & Economics
How have the forces of globalization shaped the modern world? This theme travels from the Soviet Union to Sri Lanka and Chile to study the role of technology and the impact of economic and political changes wrought by globalization.
Theme 6: Global Popular Culture
What are the sounds and sights of an emerging global culture? From World Cup soccer to Coca Cola, modern icons reflect the intertwined cultural, political, and commercial dimensions of globalization. This theme listens to and looks at the music and images of global production and consumption — from reggae to the Olympics.
Theme 7: World History & Identity
How have global forces redefined both individual and group identity in the modern world? This theme examines the transnational identity that emerged from the Chinese diaspora, and compares it to a newly re-defined national Chechen identity forged through war with Russia.
Let's be clear, the B & A work for this theme is a four paragraph essay. You must write it in class.