Here in the History section, you can find classroom handouts and some links to helpful sites, and also examine historical movies and get basic information on the primary sources that they are based upon.

Historical movies

Classroom Handouts
(Do keep in mind that I don't ever post study guides online--they change from semester to semester so there would be no point in my posting them here).

External links  The sites here can help you do some research for your essays.

Viewing the files:

Most of the files below are .pdf files.  If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader, that program will read your files.  If you don't, I'd recommend that you install another program that will view PDF files:
          PDFXChange PDF Reader  (for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 10). *If you want to PRINT up the files (instead of simply viewing them), I would recommend the PDFXChange viewer, because occasionally I see problems printing up these files when I open them in the Adobe Acrobat reader.*

Classroom Handouts (Back to the top)

Why Study History? Page with quotation from Thucydides on why his historical writing was important (and by extension, why all history is)

Term Paper Guide  This is a generic term paper guide that I used to pass out to students in all my classes.  

MLA Formatting Guide  If you are unfamiliar with the MLA style, this webpage will give you basic instructions and examples in formatting with MLA.

VVC MLA Links  VVC's Writing Center site has a few links to provide examples and guides to MLA style.  This page also has links to the APA and Chicago Manual of Style formats, as well.

History 8A/103 (World Civilizations: to 1400) (Back to the top)

Introductory Material
103 Fall 2016 Syllabus

Digital textbook at Amazon.com
Essay Outline Form
Essay Template

Fertile Crescent
(Mesopotamia and Egypt)       
China &  India                 
Israel Greece                                       Rome Church, Middle Ages, & the Renaissance
Agricultural Revolution Indo-European Chart Israel Timeline Roman Timeline Christian Apologists
Sumerian Chronology Confucianism Israel's Impact Ancient Sparta Roman Assemblies Eastern Roman Empire Chart
Egyptian Chronology Legalism
Pericles' Funeral Oration Tiberius Gracchus Charlemagne
Mohammed's Last Sermon Imperial China
Plato on Social Contract Fall of the Roman Republic Emergence of Medieval France
Bronze Age Chart Chinese Philosophy
Cycle of Constitutions Proscriptions of 43 BC When did the Middle Ages Start?
Egyptian Religion Readings
Wang Anshi, Reformer
Archaic Age Reforms of Caesar and Augustus Renaissance Chart
Trade Goods Map
Religions of India
Alexander the Great Cursus Honorum  Magna Carta (one page summary)
Mesopotamian Mathematics
Edicts of Ashoka
Mycenaean Greek Pics
Justinian Magna Carta Reading

Classical Age of Greece Salvian on Escape to Barbarians Christian Ethics

Stoicism Causes of the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West Feudalism
Silk RoadEconomics of Early EmpireErasmus Praise of Folly

History 8B/104 (World Civilizations: 1400 to present)(Back to the top)

Introductory Material
8B Fall 2014 Syllabus
104 Spring 2015 Syllabus
Essay Outline Form
VVC textbook at amazon
BCC textbook at Amazon
Essay Template

Europe through the 1600s
1700s-1800s Europe 
Africa & Latin America
Asia Europe & USA, through 1920s
Europe & USA, 1930s and beyond
Timeline for 1400s & 1500s Enlightenment Readings
Caravans of Gold Video (part 1) Road to Indian Independence World War I Timeline Depression & New Deal
Luther's Open Letter to the German Nobility Adam Smith on Economics of Colonies Caravans of Gold (part 2) Ottoman Empire Wilson's 14 Points World War II Timeline
Mercantilism Chart Communist Manifesto Excerpts
Triangle Trade Chart Zou Rong Keynes' Economic Consequences of the Peace (Versailles) Kennan's Long Telegram Readings
Protestant Reformation Chart Events Leading up to the American Revolution Africa Kingdoms and Slavery Readings
Mao's Programs Events Leading to World War I Cold War and Containment
Triangle Trade Chart Separation of Powers in the Constitution Latin America in the 1800s Nathuram Godse's Defense for Assasinating Gandhi Versailles Readings Fall of the Soviet Union Timeline
Scientific Revolution
Industrial Revolution
East India Company Early USSR Readings Fall of the USSR
English Civil War Social Contract
China 1900s Readings Parliamentary System Reaganomics
Colbert's Reforms Locke and the Enlightenment
Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion Versailles Chart Bush Doctrine
Feudalism & Absolutism Four Key Events in 1800s Europe
Six-DayWar Transcript Life of Haya-Lea Detinko
Decision to Drop the Bomb
East India Company Understanding the French Revolution
Why the US Supports Israel Transcript
Reasons Germany Lost WWII
Navigation Acts Darwin and Evolution

Ottoman Empire and Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
Poverty in the Developing World
Absolutism Lecture Notes
Excerpts from the Communist Manifesto
Why I Left India (again)

Absolutism Methods Chart Bashing the Industrial Revolution

Rise and Fall of the Great Powers Ottoman Empire and Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Seven Years War

History 2A/117 (Early US History)(Back to the top)

Introductory Material
History 117 (Spring 2016)
117 (Summer 2016 Tu-Th)
117 (Summer 2016 Tu-Wed-Th)
Class textbook at Amazon (BCC-Ft. Irwin)
Class textbook at Amazon (VVC)
Digital Format for textbook
Essay Outline Form
Essay Template

1600s 1700s (up through Revolutionary War) 1700s (Constitution and after) Early 1800s 1830s through Reconstruction
Enlightenment Readings Antifederalist Arguments Against the Constitution Day the World Took Off Video Fugitive Slave Act
Mercantilism Chart Events Leading up to the Revolution Interpreting the Constitution Monroe Doctrine Readings Civil War Timeline
Cycle of Constitutions Excerpts from Common Sense Separation of Powers in the Constitution Jefferson's Letter on the Missouri Compromise Republican Party Platform 1856
Triangle Trade Chart Smith, Pitt, Henry Readings Constitution Readings Cobbett's Letter to the Luddites Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction
Calvinism and Covenants Locke and the Enlightenment Checks and Balances Revival & Reform Readings Lincoln, Stevens, and Douglass Speeches
Massachusetts Body of Liberties Selection from Henry Gipson's The Coming of the Revolution Hamilton's Mercantilist Program Westward Expansion Dred Scott Decision (excerpts)
Scientific Revolution Social Contract Compromises in the Constitution
Henry Clay Handout Andrew Jackson and the Bank War
Bacon'sRebellionPhilip'sWar Readings French and Indian War Chart Federalists & Democrat-Republicans
Industrial Revolution Chart Clay and the American System Speech
Philips Journal from the Hannibal Articles of Confederation by the Numbers United City States of America: NYT Article Panic of 1819 IndivisibleUnion
Navigation Acts Samuel Adams' Circular Letter
Judicial Review Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

Calhoun's Exposition Chart Tariff Wars

Indivisible Union Causes of the Civil War

Monroe Doctrine Chart Reasons for the Union Victory

Bashing the Industrial Revolution


History 2B/118 (Later US History)
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Introductory Material
118 Syllabus (Monday only class)
118 Syllabus (Mon-Wed)
Class Textbook on Amazon (VVC)
Digital Format for VVC Textbook
Class Textbook at BCC-Ft. Irwin
Essay Outline Form
Essay Template

Civil War &
Reconstruction Era
Industrialism and Populist Era (late 1800s-early 1900s) World War I and its Aftermath Depression & the New Deal, WWII, and the 50s Reagan Era, War on Terrorism, and International Trade
Presidential  & Congressional Reconstruction  Industrial Revolution World War I Timeline New Deal Chart Reaganomics
Lincoln, Stevens, and Douglass Speeches
Progressive Movement and a New View of Government Events Leading to World War I Chart Depression & New Deal readings
Henry Grady New South Progressive Movement Chart Wilson's 14 Points
World War II Timeline Foreign Trade Readings
Causes of the Civil War
Sumner & Mahan 1890s Imperialism Keynes' Economic Consequences of the Peace Kennan's Long Telegram Readings Fall of the USSR Readings
Civil War Timeline Antitrust Chart Versailles Readings Cold War and Containment Bush Doctrine Speech

Antitrust Readings Versailles Chart
US Isolationism Bush Doctrine Chart

Rise of the Union Movement Mellon Tax Cuts
Decision to Drop the Bomb Sixties Interview with Buckley and Hitchens

Teddy Roosevelt
Reasons Germany Lost WWII
Fall of the USSR Timeline

William Jennings Bryan Cross of Gold Speech
Recall of General MacArthur
Yuri Yarim-Agaev Interview

Andrew Carnegie and the Gospel of Wealth
McCarthy Era Chart Yuri Yarim-Agaev Transcript

Bashing the Industrial Revolution

Vietnam War Chart


Milton Friedman Interview Transcript

Dictatorships & Double Standards
Iran-Contra Affair

History 131 (Later Latin American history)
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Introductory Material
131 Syllabus (Spring 2016)
Class Textbook on Amazon (VVC)
Essay Outline Form
Essay Template

Leading up to IndependenceIndependence & Early 1800sLater 1800sEarly 1900sPost World War II
Columbian ExchangeBolivar's Speech at AngosturaPorfirio Diaz ReadingUS-Nicaragua TimelineCastro & Cuba
Aztec Readings (Cortes excerpts)Monroe DoctrineNeocolonialismSandino & Coolidge ReadingsPeron & Populism
Inca EmpireFederalistas vs. CentralistasNeocolonialismJorge Luis Borges: Circular Ruins
Latin American MercantilismPositivism & the CientificosJorge Luis Borges: Library of Babel
Adam Smith QuoteCardenas & Oil Expropriation, 1938Bolivia
Import Substitution IndustrializationContras (Enrique Bermudez excerpt)
Iran-Contra Affair

History 157 (Native American History)(Back to the top)

Syllabus 157

Pueblo Readings Set (Zipped File) Iroquois Introduction (10/2/07) Lakota Sweat Lodge Second Battle of Adobe Walls
Apache stories Indian Culture and the Horse Iroquois Constitution Iroquois, Susquehannockj, and the Revolutionary War Comanche Timeline
Apache Creation Story Choctaw Horse Legend Descriptions of Longhouses Iroquois and Agriculture Pros of Indian Gambling
Timeline of Events in Apache History Blackfoot Warfare Rosebud Reservation Sweat Lodge Extra Credit Assignment Cons of Indian Gambling
Geronimo's Own Story Blackfoot Buffalo Hunting Crow Native American Sweat Lodge Indian and the Buffalo Uranium Mining on Navajo Lands
Protest at Desert Rock