Here we discuss the period following the fall of the Roman Empire in Europe, and before the Renaissance--The Middle Ages! Western Europe changed dramatically entering a period of feudalism when power was based upon control of land. There was a decline in culture, learning, and ultimately the Crusades as the power of the Church grows. Following the Crusades, however, a new period of trade and rebirth will emerge, ending the Middle Ages and leading to the Renaissance.
The 20th Century brought a period of increased involvement in international affairs for the United States. A desire for new markets and raw materials began the new foreign policies of the Progressive Era. Roosevelt's "Big Stick Policy" as well as Taft's "Dollar Diplomacy" resulted in United States involvement in Latin America. Woodrow Wilson would also continue this trend and eventually bring the United States to it's role in World War I. The results include the Panama Canal, many new territories and the growth of the Unites States as a world power.
It is the dawn of the 20th Century, and a new type of reform movement emerges to deal with the problems resulting from industrialization and the Gilded Age. The Progressive Era presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson will all address the problems of the country during the early 1900's.
This podcast explores key facts about the empires of East Asia during the period from approximately 600 to 1300 AD. The Tang and Song Dynasties with their many accomplishments, and their eventual defeat by the Mongols and establishment of the Yuan Dynasty are reviewed. The early clans in Japan and eventual Japanese feudalism remained isolated. The shogun and samurai were an important part of Japanese history. The kingdoms in Southeast Asia and Indonesia are also discussed.
The University of Michigan has a nice resource where we can explore the official websites of nations on all continents along with important cultural and statistical information! Use this as a resource to start your term papers or other school research projects in modern history!
Here's the link! http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/foreign.html
Wow! This is another area of great importance. Most states have standardized tests on this topic which can be tough. Also, understanding the history of the past will help us make better decisions in our future! Every day we are faced with many of the issues and problems covered in this course.
Explore this great resource of information at Earth Trends, including the Earth Trends Podcast!
Here's the link! http://earthtrends.wri.org/
Did you see the lunar eclipse in February? NASA has videos and podcasts on many exciting topics in astronomy. Watch the launches and preparation for the shuttle trip with the astronauts! This site takes you inside the NASA organization. Buckle up and join the flight!