Here is a link to the article for tomorrow’s discussion. Make sure you understand the different arguments presented in the article, and that you have read thoroughly. Please, also review the relevant sections on Reagan, Gorbachev, and the end of the Cold War in Ambrose and Gaddis.
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I am pleased to announce the results of the vote for the topics we will study in the HL class this coming academic year. Topic 5 received 14 votes, topic 3 received 13 votes, and topic 9 received 9 votes. In the vote for the alternate topic, topic 6 received 6 votes. Therefore, next year’s curriculum will be as follows:
I. United States Civil War: causes, course and effects 1840-77 (1st-2nd nine weeks)
II. Emergence of the Americas in Global Affairs 1880-1929 (2nd nine weeks)
III. Political developments in the Americas after the Second World War 1945-79 (3rd nine weeks)
IV. The Mexican Revolution (3rd-4th nine weeks)
I am really looking forward to teaching these topics, and I think we will see a great deal of good reading and a high level of discussion next year.
This is a reminder that, as per the syllabus, you are required to read John Lewis Gaddis’s magnificent overview, The Cold War: A New History. I have a limited number of copies to loan to students who are truly in straightened financial circumstances, and the Leon County Library has three copies, one of which has been checked out. FSU library has a copy, as well, for those of you with borrowing privileges there. Otherwise, Amazon currently has used copies starting at $5.99 (not including 3.99 shipping) ranging up to $588 (I don’t understand that, either.) Alibris also has it used starting from $5.99. You may also be able to purchase a copy from an alumnus or alumna, or a senior who was SL last year. The book is a quicker read than MacMillan, so you might also organize a coop to purchase and share a copy. There is an assignment based on the book, and I will be referring to it in lecture, and you really do need to be reading it along with Ambrose and Brinkley (the orange book.) Gilbert is a nice read, but less useful for the Cold War unit than Gaddis and Ambrose.
I have posted the third nine weeks schedule on the course website. You might take a glance over the next week and a half and consider which discussion you wish to lead.
I have uploaded the third nine weeks’ schedules on the AP US History and IB History of the Americas course websites. I have also uploaded the early Cold War term list and review questions, and John Lewis Gaddis reading questions, to the IB Contemporary History website. The IB Contemporary History third nine week schedule will be uploaded by tomorrow morning.
I have updated the junior IA schedule, the nine week schedules, and uploaded the study guides for the semester exams.
I have just uploaded the new schedules for the second nine weeks term for AP US History, IB Contemporary History, and IB History of the Americas. You will find these on the respective course pages at my website. I have also uploaded all of the second nine weeks term lists and review questions for the IB Contemporary History class.