• Advanced Placement European History Syllabus

    2018 - 2019


    Course Description:  

    This course examines European civilization since approximately 1450 to the present. The goals are to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, and ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation as well as an ability to express historical understanding in writing.  Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of basic chronology, major events and characters in the areas of cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political and social themes.



    1. Develop an understanding of cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political, and social issues of Europe from 1300 to the present.
    2. Improve ability to analyze historical documents using deductive and inductive reasoning.
    3. Improve the writing of free response answers and document-based answers.
    4. Improve time management, organization and study skills.
    5. Prepare students for taking the AP exam.


    Texts and Materials:

    McKay, John P., Bennett D. Hill, and John Buckler. A History of Western Society since 1300. Boston:  Houghton Mifflin. 2006.


    Cunningham, Lawrence, John Reich. Culture and Values: A Survey of the Western Humanities, Volume II. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers.  1990.


    Supplemental Readings and Materials

    Fordham University: Internet History Sourcebooks



    The purpose of AP European History is to familiarize students to the social, political, economic, and intellectual elements of Europe from 1450 to the present.  To achieve this goal students will examine and analyze primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of the extensive achievements and influences Europe has had through history.  Students will learn to use documents as well as other information learned to compose written responses to provocative questions pertaining to the topic.



    Each chapter will conclude with either a multiple choice test and/or a writing assessment (Short Answer Questions, Long Essay Question and/or Document Based Question). Writing assessments will be scored based on the same scoring rubric used in the AP exam.  Rubric scores will be translated into points.  Progress and semester grades will be based on a cumulative point total.



    Attendance is essential to success in the course. The rigor of the course requires completion of one text chapter approximately every four class periods.  Students are expected to complete all outside readings prior to the next class period.  Class time is dedicated to lecture, discussion, and presentation of supplemental materials, writing assignments, and assessments.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated at any time in any form.


    Advanced Placement Exam:

    The AP exam is administered the first part of May. The date and fee is established by the College Board.  Students have an opportunity to earn college credit based on the score earned on the exam and the criteria for the student’s selected college.





    Week 1:           Summer Assignment: Brief summary of Europe prior to 1450, responding to comprehension questions, and construction of geographic, economic, and political maps of 

                           Europe in 1450.

                           Document Analysis, Thesis Construction, Five Paragraph Essay


    Week 2:           McKay: “Crisis of the Later Middle Ages” Chapter 12, pages 379 – 411,Chapter 12 Review Questions

    Cunningham: “Introduction,” pages xi – xvii, Church Prestige Challenges, Hundred Years War,

                           Plagues and People, Canterbury Tales excerpt,

                            Peer Editing and AP Scoring, Late Middle Ages TEST/Black Death FRQ


    Week 3 - 4:      McKay: “European Society in the Age of Renaissance” Chapter 13, pages 412 - 451, Chapter 13 Review Questions

    Cunningham: “Early Renaissance”  pages 3 -44, Cunningham:   “High Renaissance in Italy” pages 45 - 76

                            Early Renaissance, The Prince excerpt, The Book of the Courtier excerpt, Renaissance Power Point

                           Renaissance TEST with DBQ 1: Attitudes about Religion in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance


    Week 5 - 6:      McKay: “Reform and Renewal in the Christian Church” Chapter 14, pages 452 - 487, Chapter 14 Review Questions

    Cunningham: “Renaissance in the North”  pages 77 – 164

                           Trialogus excerpt, 95 Thesis, The Praise of Folly, Predestination,  Council of Trent, Reformation Power Point, Martin Luther, Machiavelli

                          Reformation TEST


    Week 7 - 8:      McKay: “Age of Religious Wars and Overseas Expansion” Chapter 15, pages 488 – 529, Chapter 15 Review Questions

                           Cunningham: “Baroque World”  pages 165 – 228


                           Student Research and Power Point Presentations of influential Baroque Era individuals Religious Wars and Expansion TEST with DBQ 3: Women in the Sixteenth

                           and Seventeenth Centuries


    Week 9:           McKay: “Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe” Chapter 16, Pages 530 – 563 Chapter 16 Review Questions European Absolutism and                                                     Constitutionalism TEST with Absolutism FRQ


    Week 10:         McKay: “Absolutism in Eastern Europe to 1740” Chapter 17, Pages 565 – 593,Chapter 17 Review Questions

                            Analysis of “The Greats:  Catherine, Frederick, Peter”  Eastern European Absolutism TEST


    Week 11:        McKay: Toward a New World-view” Chapter 18, pages 594 - 627, Chapter 18 Review Questions

                         Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu

                         New World View TEST with DBQ 5:  Toward a New World-View


     Week 12:     McKay: Expansion of Europe in the Eighteenth Century” Chapter 19, pages 628 – 659, Chapter 19 Review Questions

                        Triangle Trade, Agricultural Revolution

                       Eighteenth Century Europe TEST with FRQ:  Mercantilism 


    Week 13:     McKay: Changing Life o f the People” Chapter 20, pages 660 - 689, Chapter 20 Review Questions

                       The Vindication of the Rights of Woman

                      Life Changes TEST with DBQ 6: European Expansion and the Changing Life of the People


    Week 14:    McKay: “Revolution in Politics, 1775 – 1815” Chapter 21, pages 690 - 723, Chapter 21 Review Questions       

                      Dateline Project

                      French Revolution TEST with DBQ 7: French Revolution




     Week 15:   McKay: “Revolution in Energy and Industry” Chapter 22, pages 724 - 753, Chapter 22 Review Questions

                     Child Labor Laws, Working Class Life in Glasgow, Women in “Sweated Labor” in London, Dateline Presentations

                     Industrial Revolution TEST with DBQ 8: Women in the Industrial Revolution


    Week 16:   McKay: “Ideologies and Upheavals, 1815 – 1850” Chapter 23, pages 754 - 785,Chapter 23 Review Questions

    Cunningham: “Romantic Era”  pages 281 – 342

                     Evolutionary Socialism, What is Socialism?,Marxism

                     Ideologies and Upheavals TEST with FRQ: Influence of Romantic Era  Individuals


    Week 17:         McKay: Life in the Emerging Urban Society” Chapter 24, pages 786 - 821, Chapter 24 Review Questions

    Cunningham: “Toward the Modern Era”  pages 343 – 382

                            Emerging Urban Society TEST with FRQ:  Impact of Urbanization onvarious classes


    Week 18:         Semester Examination


    Week 19 - 20:  McKay: “Age of Nationalism” Chapter 25, pages 822 – 853, Chapter 25 Review Questions

                           Unification of Germany and Italy, French and Russian Nationalism

                           Nationalism TEST


    Week 21:         McKay: “West and the World” Chapter 26, pages 854 - 885, Chapter 26 Review Questions

                          Western Imperialism

                          West and the World TEST with DBQ 10: The West and The World


    Week 22 - 23:  McKay: “Great Break:  War and Revolution” Chapter 27, pages 886 - 919, Chapter 27 Review Questions

    Cunningham: “Between the World Wars”  pages 383 – 432

                            Causes and Impact of World War I, Russian Revolution

                            World War I TEST with DBQ 11: World War I and the Home Front


    Week 24:         McKay: “Age of Anxiety” Chapter 28 pages 920 – 951, Chapter 28 Review Questions

                            The Decline of the West, Rationale for the Little Entente, League of Nations

                            Age of Anxiety TEST


    Week 25 - 26:  McKay: “Dictatorships and the Second World War” Chapter 29, pages 952 – 987, Chapter 29 Review Questions

                            Causes and Impact of World War II

                            Nuremberg Trials, Axis and Allies Leaders

                            World War II TEST with DBQ 13: Dictatorships and the Second World War


    Week 27:         McKay: “Cold War Conflicts and Social Transformations, 1945 – 1985”, Chapter 30 pages 988 – 1025

                           Chapter 30 Review Questions

                           Declaration of Independence of Vietnam, Domino Theory

                            Cold War TEST with FRQ 


    Week 28 - 29:  McKay: “Revolution, Rebuilding, and New Challenges:  1985 to the Present” Chapter 31 pages 1026 - 1061

                                        Chapter 31 Review Questions

    Cunningham: “Contemporary Contour”  pages 433 - 488

                          Present Europe TEST with DBQ 14:  Communism and Eastern Europe


    Week 30:         AP Review and Practice EXAM


    Week 31:         AP EXAM


    Week 32 - 36:  European History Research PAPER