HIS 112
Unit 11:  Worldwide Modernization
Russian Village near Suzdal

Russian village houses, buildings and church near the city of Suzdal not that long ago.  This too is part of the modern world.

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What you must do in this unit
  • Read chapters 35, 36 and 37 in the textbook (chapters 29 and 30 in the Edgar text).
  • Read my Notes on decolonization below.
  • Study the Questions to Consider and the Key Terms for the unit.
  • Post (or respond) your thoughts/ideas about this unit's reading and assignment in the Blackboard online discussion forum. Do not post your assignment there.
  • Submit the Web paper.
What you can do in this unit
  • Listen to some further information about this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
  • a My Family and History paper that requires you to examine your family's history in light of the historical events of the past half century.  Point value is 100 points possible extra credit for a two-page paper (less for one page). 
  • a Pop Culture paper in which you look at some aspects of the growing spread of pop culture throughout the world.  Point value is 100 points possible extra credit for a two-page paper (less for one page). 
  • Mao Zedong (1893-1976) was one of the most innovative Marxist theorists (and practitioners) of the twentieth century. Amazingly, Mao was able to modify a doctrine originally created for the heavily industrialized, urban countries and class structure of Western Europe in the mid-nineteenth century and make it applicable and popular for agrarian, rural China in the twentieth century--the details of his ideological legerdemain need not bother us.  Have a look at some of the "Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung."
  • A good overview of the process of postwar decolonizaiton in Africa is Post-Colonial Africa
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
  • See the videos dealing with Decolonization in the HIS 135 course.
  • For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the url and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quizzes for chapters 35, 36 and 37. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • For extra credit of a maximum of 50 points, in a one-page paper consider how Mao was able to alter successfully Marx's theories to make them work in a Chinese setting.  Please be sure to cite your sources.
  • For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, read both United Nations Resolution 181 (1947), and the Declaration of Israeli's Independence (1948), and write a one-page paper in which you examine the rationale for the creation of Israel.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send the title of the site, the url and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.

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