Course Description


Course Description: The second half of a two-semester introductory sequence, this course is intended to acquaint beginning undergraduate students with major events, issues, and themes in Western and world history from the end of the era of religious wars to the present. The approach used by Prof. Palmer dispenses with traditional textbooks in favor of in-depth readings and mini-lecture/discussion-based meetings focusing on eight (8) major “moments” that shaped the past and continue to influence the present.

These are:

  1. The Age of Discovery & Science
  2. The Birth of Industry
  3. The French Revolution
  4. The “New Imperialism” of the Late-Nineteenth Century
  5. The Great War, 1914-1918
  6. The Russian Revolutions of 1917
  7. The GULag and Holocaust
  8. The End of the Cold War
In addition to providing detailed investigations of these major moments from the past, this course seeks to give beginning college students useful information and advice aimed at helping them to survive their “college experience.”

About this Web Site: Western Civilization, vol. 2 is part of the growing network of sites comprising Scott Palmer’s On-line Knowledge Emporium™ (SPOKE™). It is the central hub and on-line repository for browsing materials, media resources, instructional policies, the class blog, and other virtual information specifically related to the meat-world course of the same name. If you are among the lucky masses currently enrolled in “Western Civilization II,” this site contains all of the course-related information you will require during the semester. Please be sure to check-in regularly during the semester as the contents of this site will be updated on a frequent basis.