This class introduces students to the history of the world from the river valley civilizations through modern events in the Middle East and conflicts in the Post-Cold War era. Designed to be a survey course, students focus on cause and effect, with emphasis on religious, technological, ethnic, geographical, social and political factors. Students will also focus on skills needed to become effective students of history and independent learners. Through studying and assessing these eras of time students will learn to use analytical and interpretation skills as they decipher primary and secondary documents and various interpretations of world history. Topics covered include the adoption of agriculture, the rise of empires, World Religions, Renaissance and Reformation Era, the Age of European exploration and colonization, Revolutionary period, (including the French, Haitian, Industrial, and others) Age of Imperialism, the World Wars, Cold War (proxy wars included) and the results of modern conflicts.