World History

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Overall Course Theme

This course examines world events from 1600 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.


  1. Historical Thinking and Skills
  2. Age of Enlightenment (1600-1800)
  3. Age of Revolutions (1750-1914)
  4. Imperialism (1800-1914)
  5. Achievements and Crises (1900-1945)
  6. The Cold War (1945-1991)
  7. Globalization (1991-Present)

State of Ohio’s Model Curriculum

Modern World History Model Curricula