• Chapter 6:  Europe

    Chapter Overview: Europe explains how the ancient Greeks and Romans molded Europe’s character. It shows how their influence eventually extended to the founding principles of the United States. The chapter also delves into Europe’s colonial ambitions, the effects of new nationalism on old empires, and the effects of fascism and communism. The chapter looks in depth at the collapse of Yugoslavia into seven independent countries, and the violence involved. And students will explore the European Union’s history, including its expansion to include countries trying to leave Russia’s sphere of influence.

    Chapter Objectives

    1. Know the geographic locations of the major nations of Europe on a map.
    2. Know how Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire influenced Europe’s development.
    3. Know how Christianity, Islam, and Judaism affected the development of Europe.
    4. Know how nationalism destroyed the continental European empires.
    5. Know how Marxism, socialism, and fascism affected the development of Europe.
    6. Know the origins of the European Union.
    7. Know which countries are members of the European Union.
    8. Know the political and economic structure of the European Union.
    9. Know the importance of the Euro as a world currency.
    10. Know why European countries have permitted immigration
    11. Know why immigrants have had difficulty assimilating into European societies.
    12. Know the difficulties Al Qaeda and its allies have posed for Europe.
    13. Know the background of ethnic and religious strife in Northern Ireland.
    14. Know how Yugoslavia was created after World War I.
    15. Know how World War II affected Yugoslavia.
    16. Know the role of Josip Broz Tito in uniting Yugoslavia after World War II.
    17. Know how Yugoslavia dissolved into seven independent countries.
    18. Know the history of ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.
    19. Know why the United States intervened in the two world wars and fought the Cold War.
    20. Know the historic purpose and current activities of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
    21. Comprehend the importance to the US economy of trade with Europe.
    22. Comprehend the development of human rights and democracy in Eastern Europe following the Soviet Union’s collapse.