Western Civilization II

Gain a comprehensive overview of concepts, people, and events that shaped Western culture from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, like the Enlightenment-era philosophies and the effects of the industrial revolution on Western society.

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$79

Plus membership

3 Credits

All courses include:

eTextbooks

2 to 3-day turnaround for grading

Multiple chances to improve your grade

On-demand tutoring & writing center

Student support 7 days a week

Western Civilization II

$79

Plus membership

3 Credits

About This Course

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ACE Approved 2021

Western Civilization II provides a comprehensive overview of concepts, people, and events that shaped Western culture from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

What You'll Learn

Identify the major concepts, persons, and events that contributed to nation-building and the war for order in the eighteenth century.

Compare and contrast the rise of Eastern and Western Europe.

Describe the change in European and world culture resulting from Enlightenment-era philosophies.

Describe the impact of the French Revolution on the political, economic, and social world order.

Describe the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte and explain his legacy.

Compare and contrast the benefits and burdens of industrialization.

Examine the effects of the Industrial Revolution in England on Western society and describe the causes for its rapid growth.

Identify and describe the people, ideas, and technologies that radically changed the traditional social, economic, and political environment of the early nineteenth century.

Explain the change in Western culture resulting from unification era politics.

Summarize the evolution of Imperialism and compare and contrast the various methods of imperial indoctrination.

Compare and contrast the major political, economic, and social reforms that ignited a mass emigration of European peoples to the U.S. during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Define evolution and explain the conflict between evolutionary theory and religious theology.

Identify the root causes and explain how World War I changed the world order.

Describe the struggles of the Western world during postwar recovery.

Compare and contrast the various technologies, battles, and strategies that affected the outcome of WWII.

Examine the social, economic, and political changes that have occurred in the twentieth century, and describe the role of the United States, China, and the Soviet Union as world superpowers.

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Course Details

CIV102

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Western Civilization II

Throughout our online Western Civilization II course, you will learn about topics like the rise of Eastern and Western Europe; the Enlightenment-era philosophies; the impact of the French Revolution on political, social, and economic world order; and the effects of the industrial revolution on Western society.

Prerequisites

While there are no prerequisites to take Western Civilization II, it is recommended that students complete Western Civilization I before enrolling in Western Civilization II.

Western civilization I
Topic Subtopic
Political Order and the Old Regime 1715-1789
  • Nation Building and the Wars for Domination
  • The Slave Trade
  • Culture of the New Age
Enlightened Society
  • Origins of the Enlightenment
  • Enlightenment Thinkers and Concepts
  • The Ongoing Effect of the Scientific Revolution
France and the Age of Revolution
  • Origins of the French Revolution
  • The First French Revolution
  • The Second French Revolution
  • The Legacy of the Revolution
Napoleon Bonaparte
  • The Rise of Napoleon
  • Napoleon's Empire
The Industrial Revolution
  • England's Booming Industry
  • Impact of the Industrial Revolution: Economics and Politics
  • Impact of the Industrial Revolution: Society and Culture
  • The Emergence of Nationalism
Living With Change
  • Establishing Order in Europe
  • Competing Ideologies
  • Revolution and Reformation
Nationalism and the Unification of the Nation-State
  • The Revolutions of 1848
  • Unification of Italy
  • Unification of Germany
  • Movements for Unification in North America
Imperialism and World Domination
  • World Democracy
  • Responses to Democratic Reform
  • The New Imperialism
The Culture of Progress
  • The Urban Industrial Order
  • The Emergence of Popular Culture
  • New Intellectual Trends
The Great War
  • The Road to Total War
  • The War to End All Wars
  • Resolution and Peace
Recovery, Depression, and Fascism
  • Postwar Struggles
  • The Rise of Fascism
  • Nazi Germany
World War II
  • The Path to War
  • Early Battles and the Holocaust
  • A World United, A World at War
The Cold War
  • Postwar Boom
  • Capitalism and Communism
  • Conflict with the Soviet Union
The Twenty-First Century in Perspective
  • The Fall of Communism
  • The Global Village

Your score provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.

Assignments for this course include:

  • 4 Graded Exams
  • 1 Midterm Exam
  • 1 Final Graded Exam


The required eTextbook for this course is included with your course purchase at no additional cost.


Sherman, Dennis and Salisbury, Joyce. The West in the World, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2014, ISBN: 9780073407036


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