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AP European History

Dr. Mark Mraz



Course Outline:

Advanced Placement European History is a year long (two semesters) intensive study of the History of Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, reading and writing skills. Preparation for the AP exam is part of the class; this can mean the possibility of earning college credit.


McKay et al. A History of the Western World (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
Markham. Napoleon (New York: New American Library, 1988)

Wheen. Karl Marx (New York: W.W. Norton, 2000)


The participants will:

1. Discuss the foundations of Medieval Civilization.

2. List the factors that led to the development and decline of the Carolingian State.

3. Elaborate on the factors that led to the revival of Europe in the 11th and 12th Centuries.

4. Understand the tripartite division of society in the High Middle Ages.

5. Discuss the proto-modern states of England, France and Germany.

6. Examine the factors that led to the revival of commerce.

7. Explain the meaning of the Renaissance.

8. Discuss the Protestant Reformation.

9. Elaborate on the European discovery and conquest of other lands.

10. Explain the transition from feudalism to absolutism.

11. Elaborate how the Newtonian world view differed from the Medieval world view.

12. Understand the development of absolutiem in Eastern Europe.

13. Discuss the consequences of European expansion for the common people.

14. Distinguish between the causes, course and outcome of the American and French Revolution.

15. Explain the effects of the Industrial Revolution.

16. Explain the ideologies and upheavals in Europe between 1815 and 1850.

17. Discuss the impact of urbanization in the 19th Century.

18. Understand 19th Century Imperialism.

19. Elaborate on the causes, course and outcome of the Great War.

20. Discuss post World War I alienation.

21. Explain the political climate in Germany in the 1920s.

22. Investigate the rise of totalitarianism in the 1930s.

23. Understand the causes, course and outcome of World War II.

24. Explain the Cold War.

25. Elaborate on the Post Cold War world since 1968.

26. Speculate on the future.


1. The making of Europe

2. Europe in the Early Middle Ages

3. Revival, Reform and Expansion of Europe

4. Life in Christian Europe in the High Middle Ages

5. The creativity and vitality of the High Middle Ages

6. The Crisis of the Later Medieval Period

7. European Society in the Age of the Rennaissance

8. Reform and renewal in the Christian Church

9. The age of Religious Wars in the Christian Church

10. Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe

11. Towared a new world order

12. Expansion of Europe in th 19th Century

13. Changing life of the people in Europe

14. Revolution in politics from 1775 to 1815

15. Revolution in energy and industry

16. Ideologies and upheavals between 1815 and 1850

17. Life in the emerging urban society of Europe

18. The Age of Nationalism from 1815 to 1914

19. The West and the world

20. The Great War: War and Revolution

21. The Age of Anxiety

22. Dictatorships and the Second World War

23. The Cold War

24. The Modern World:1985 to the Present

25. The Future and Beyond