During the early part of the week of November 23 the class finished discussions on the state of Europe – outside France – in the 18th century, with a focus on the Prussian wars with the central European nations and Britain’s monopoly over North America after the 7 years war with France.
During the week of November 23, the class considered the impact of WW1 on the spirit of young men and women in the 1920s. Among various topics of discussion was the growing independence of women, new technologies in the home and the concept of an economic cycle that ranges from economic euphoria to economic depression.
During the week of November 23 the class looked at theories behind the collapse of the Minoan civilization. Recent theories link the collapse with a catastrophic volcanic eruption on the nearby island of Thera – now called Santorini. Later in the week we looked at the civilization that took its place as the dominant cultural influence, Mycenae from mainland Greece.
This is a reminder that there will be a test covering Absolutism, Enlightenment and the French Revolution [until the execution of Robespierre] next week. Extra help will be available on Thursday at lunch [12 noon] before Parent / teacher interviews.
During the week of November 16 the class examined the demise of the French Revolution’s ideals and spokesman with the execution of Robespierre. We also began a brief overview of events in other countries across Europe – particularly Prussia and England – in preparation for the Napoleonic wars that will follow.
During the week of November 16 the class wrote a unit two test on Egypt. Later in the week we began our unit on Ancient Greece with an assignment to familiarize ourselves with the geography of the region.