History

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.


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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
8A Spring 2014 Syllabus
103 Spring 2014 Syllabus
Textbook at Amazon.com
Essay Outline Form

Fertile Crescent
(Mesopotamia and Egypt)       
China &  India                 
IsraelGreece                                       Rome Church, Middle Ages, & the Renaissance
Agricultural Revolution Indo-European Chart Israel Timeline Roman Timeline Christian Apologists
Sumerian Chronology Confucianism Israel's ImpactAncient 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 GreeceSalvian on Escape to BarbariansChristian Ethics and Nietzsche
StoicismCauses of the Fall of the Roman Empire in the WestFeudalism


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

Introductory Material
8B Spring 2013 Syllabus
104 Fall 2013 Syllabus
Essay Outline Form
VVC textbook at amazon
BCC textbook at Amazon


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 IndependenceWorld 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 EmpireWilson's 14 Points World War II Timeline
Mercantilism Chart Communist Manifesto Excerpts
Triangle Trade Chart Zou RongKeynes' Economic Consequences of the Peace (Versailles) Kennan's Long Telegram Readings
English Reformation Chart Events Leading up to the American Revolution Africa Kingdoms and Slavery Readings
Mao's ProgramsEvents 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 GandhiVersailles Readings Fall of the Soviet Union Timeline
Scientific Revolution
Industrial Revolution East India CompanyEarly USSR Readings Fall of the USSR
English Civil War Social Contract China 1900s ReadingsParliamentary System Reaganomics
Colbert's Reforms Locke and the Enlightenment Opium Wars and the Taiping RebellionVersailles Chart Bush Doctrine
Feudalism & Absolutism Four Key Events in 1800s Europe Six-DayWar TranscriptLife 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
Absolutism Lecture Notes
Excerpts from the Communist Manifesto

Absolutism Methods Chart



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

Introductory Material
VVC: History 117 Syllabus 
Ft. Irwin: History 2A Syllabus
VVC Hesperia
Class textbook at Amazon (BCC-Ft. Irwin)
Class textbook at Amazon (VVC)
Digital Format for textbook
Essay Outline Form

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 Major Dates in the Civil War
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
Industrial Revolution Chart Clay and the American System Speech
Philips Journal from the Hannibal Articles of Confederation by the Numbers
Panic of 1819 Nature of the Union
Navigation Acts Samuel Adams' Circular Letter
Judicial Review Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
Calhoun's Exposition Chart
Nature of the UnionCauses of the Civil War
Monroe Doctrine ChartReasons for the Union Victory








History 2B/118 (Later US History)
(Back to the top)

Introductory Material
History 118 Syllabus 
Class Textbook on Amazon (VVC)
Digital Format for VVC Textbook
Class Textbook at BCC-Ft. Irwin
Essay Outline Form


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 Depression & New Deal Reaganomics
Lincoln, Stevens, and Douglass Speeches
Progressive Movement and a New View of Government Events Leading to World War I Chart McCarthy Era Chart FreeTradeChart
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

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
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 WealthYuri Yarim-Agaev Transcript
Vietnam War Chart
Milton Friedman Interview Transcript





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