Kyle Russell
History, Social Studies

Courses Taught:

Economics, MS Studies, World History


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Week 1 Online Learning

1. Review of Italian and German Unification (Nationalism in 19th century Europe)

2. Chapter 15 - Part 2: Empire of the Czars (Russia) and the Decline of Austria-Hungary

(Power Point and guided notes under Class Documents)

Chapter 15: Part 2 covers sections 4 and 5.  Keeping with the themes of liberalism (power to the people) and nationalism in 19th-century Europe (thanks, Napoleon!), this section discusses how liberalism slowly makes the czars of Russia painfully transition towards a constitutional monarchy and how nationalism begins to weaken Austria-Hungary. 


In 15-4, you will see that Russian czars were autocrats who had always held absolute power and did not want to give it up.  The people of Russia suffered great hardships after a humiliating defeat in the Russo-Japanese war that almost bankrupted the country.  Also working conditions were terrible since Russia was beginning the process of their industrialization.  In what Vladimir Lenin would call the "great dress rehearsal" for his communist revolution that later took place in 1917 (during World War I), the people of Russia engage in a revolution to have more of a say in their government in 1905.  The terrible events of "Bloody Sunday" contributed to this.


In 15-5, we see that nationalism created a dual monarchy and eventually began to weaken Austria-Hungary in the late 1800s and early 1900s since it contained so many different nationalities within its borders(the opposite effect it had on Italy and Germany).

Week 2-Ch. 16
Western Imperialism (1800-1914) Between 1800 and 1914, various Western nations carried out policies of imperialism, in which they sought to control the political, economic, and social life of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  Three key factors led to the rise of imperialism: competition among Western countries for more territory (which lead to hositilities that helped cause World War I), their demand for raw materials and new markets due to the Industrial Revolution, and feelings of cultural superiority that influenced Western peoples to impose their cultures on distant lands (Social Darwinism).



Unit To-Do List:

1.  Read chapter 16 and answer bell work quizzes as you go (you can do this in your head to simply check for understanding).

2. Read the PowerPoint notes.  Guided notes are available if you would like to use them. (Listed under course documents)

3.  Read the supplemental text and watch the supplemental videos as you come across the material in the text.

4.  Watch the film, Avatar, and identify similarities between the movie and the material in this unit.  Have fun!  It is about imperialism.

About the Teacher

Subjects Taught
World History

High School:  Morrilton High School, AR
College:  Arkansas Tech University

Graduate from Arkansas Tech University with bachelors in Kiniesiology. I coach football, powerlifting, and teach History at OBHS. I am married with two boys. My wife is a teacher at OBES. We are happy to be in Olive Branch and extremely blessed to be Quistors!

Suggested Reading for World History
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe