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6th Grade: the Modern World

The 18th Century
By the 18th century the religious wars sprung from the Reformation had calmed, and change of every type flourished - so much so that this century is known as “the century of revolutions,” as political revolutions took place in many parts of the world, and as revolutions in science, technology, medicine, farming, industry, transportation, the arts, and literature flourished.

The 19th Century
Countries continued to search for their own national identities and to control their own national destinies, through fierce struggles for independence, and wars which enveloped all of Europe. The only colonies still under the yoke of European control, it seemed, were those of the British Empire, upon whom the sun never set. Meanwhile, a young man raised on a hatred of Christianity would take a trip on the Beagle and write a scientific work, even though he was not trained as a scientist, which offended science, but which, through propaganda and the help of the clergy, gradually became the standard by which all science was judged. His name was Charles Darwin.

The 20th Century
In North America, immigrants from the wars and abuses of the Continent poured in as never before, but in this century, with the country settled and the states established, they were unable to claim land on the frontier as they had done previously. They crowded into the cities instead, where the industrial revolution made room for them. Europe still convulsed with war, as it has done unceasingly, it seems, since the old Roman Empire: as Germany fought against Europe; the Russian Revolution traded the oppression of the czars for the oppression of the state; and the greatest war yet, World War II, taught us the results of Darwin’s philosophy lived out.

Modern World Teacher’s Resources
World War II birthed technology without which we would not have defeated the Nazis. Since then, we have been to the Moon and are trying for Mars, we have cloned sheep and grow babies in test tubes, and our computer technology is the envy of the world. We have flaunted our modern philosophy, taught to us at Darwin’s knee, in the face of all the wisdom that has gone before us, even in the face of God. But what will be the result of technology without morality to guide it? I shudder to think. These essential resources will help the homeschool parent grasp the big picture.

The 18th Century

In lieu of a good in-print narrative history of the Modern Era, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia could be used to help the homeschool parent tie the most important events of the 18th century together for her children. These separate events include: the Scientific Revolution; Peter the Great of Russia; War of the Spanish Succession; War of the Austrian Succession; Frederick the Great of Prussia; The Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie; The Seven Years’ War; Catherine the Great of Russia; Captain James Cook’s Voyages; and the French Revolution.

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions
Ruth A. Tucker

Click to order From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya This is the important history that gets left out of most history books: the history of Christian missions and its effect on the world, the vast majority having taken place since the seventeenth century. It is a book focusing on the biographies of the missionaries themselves. Part One covers the Early Centuries--Evangelizing the Roman Empire (Paul, Polycarp, Perpetua, Ulfilas, Patrick, and Columba), Roman Missions (Boniface, Anskar, Raymond Lull, Las Casas, Francis Xavier, Matthew Ricci), the Moravian Advance (Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf, etc.), and American Indian Missions (David Brainard, Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, etc.). The rest of the book covers the nineteenth and twentieth century missions.

The History of Science in the Eighteenth Century
Ray Spangenburg, Diane K. Moser

Click to order The History of Science in the Eighteenth Century The age of the Enlightenment brought about not only political, social, and industrial revolutions, but a scientific revolution as well. “Astronomy, geology, chemistry, electricity, natural history, and the life sciences are discussed in the context of social and political developments and the industrial revolution. [This] is a generally reliable and readable treatment of the breadth of scientific activity in the century after Newton. . . . The vignettes present enough biographical and contextual information to make them interesting and colorful, yet convey the important contributions of the men and women discussed. The authors show sensitivity to the historical context of the scientific work. The illustrations are well-chosen, often portraying the people discussed in the conduct of their scientific work. The chronology and glossary are helpful and reliable. Overall, this is a very good introduction to the subject for the young adult reader.” --Science Books & Films Review.

Triumph and Terror: The French Revolution
Stephen Otfinoski

Click to order Triumph and Terror: the French Revolution The French Revolution was a pivotal event in modern world history, and influenced events on the European continent and around the world for the next hundred years. The dramatic changes in French society that occurred between 1788-1815 are examined to reveal the structure and events within France that led to the revolution, its bloody Reign of Terror aftermath, and the rise of Napoleon Triumph and Terror is an in-depth historical narrative on an important topic.

Eighteenth Century World Landmarks
Random House, publishers

Catherine the Great The Random House Landmark series, published in the 50’s for 4th through 6th graders, was an excellent series of historical narratives written by the greatest American writers of the day. Authors such as Sterling North, Thomas Costain, Armstrong Sperry, Noel Streatfeild and more wrote exciting narratives that brought to life the most important people and events of American and world history. Even though these books focusing on 18th century world history are currently out of print, Random House has begun reissuing titles from this series as well as its American history series, so perhaps one day soon these will be back in print as well. In Catherine the Great by Katharine Scherman, we learn of the great monarch of Russia who brought to it its first breath of justice and equality. Famous Pirates of the New World by A.B.C. Whipple tells the story of the heydey of piracy in the 18th century, and of Blackbeard, Captain Flood, Stede Bonnet, and others. Marie Antoinette by Bernardine Kielty is a biography of the famous queen whose life was ended by the guillotine during the French Revolution. The Slave Who Freed Haiti by Katharine Scherman is the story of Toussaint Louverture, the grandson of an African chieftan, slave on the French sugar plantations of Haiti, who nevertheless knew of the affairs of history and was dedicated to the rights of man. Captain Cook Explores the South Seas by Armstrong Sperry tells of the life of that famous navigator and explorer who discovered the Hawaiian Islands, explored the coast of Australia, and whose crew was the first to avoid scurvy on a long sea voyage. The Story of Australia by A. Grove Day tells of the founding of the British colony there (since England could no longer send its convicts to the newly independent United States of America) and the vivid narrative of its growth to a world power.
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The 19th Century

In lieu of a good in-print narrative history of the Modern Era, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia could be used to help the homeschool parent tie the most important events of the 19th century together for her children. These separate events include: the Napoleonic Wars and Empire; Simon Bolivar and the revolt of the South American colonies; Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire; Boer Wars in South Africa; 1848 Year of European Revolutions; German Unification; Italian Unification; Irish Potato Famine; the Crimean War; and the Reign of Queen Victoria and the British Empire.

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions
Ruth A. Tucker

Click to order From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya This is the important history that gets left out of most history books: the history of Christian missions and its effect on the world, the vast majority of which have taken place since the seventeenth century. It is a book focusing on the biographies of the missionaries themselves. Part Two begins with nineteenth century missions: South Central Asia (William Carey, etc.), Black Africa (David Livingstone, etc.) the Far East (Hudson Taylor, etc.) the Pacific Islands, Single Women Missionaries such as Amy Carmicheal and Gladys Aylward, Student Volunteers, Faith Missionaries such as A. B. Simpson and the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Medical Missions such as Wilfred Grenfell’s, and Translation Missions such as Wyclif Bible Translators.

Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars
Albert Marrin

Click to order Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars This biography of Napoleon relates his humble beginnings, his rise to power, his glorious Empire, his exile, and final desparate bid for power. But it is also much more than a biography--it is a narrative history of the times in which Napoleon lived. Dramatic and gripping, and historically accurate, it details battles and political strategies, and does not shy away from the grim realities of life in the Empire, or in the Emperor’s army. After Napoleon was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo, Europe was forever changed. The Holy Roman Empire, stalwart against all comers since the time of Charlemagne, was now gone, and the way was paved for the rise of the nationalism characteristic of the 19th century.

Commodore Perry in the Land of Shogun
Rhoda Blumberg

Click to order Commodore Perry in the Land of Shogun Commodore Matthew Perry went on a diplomatic mission in the mid 1800’s as an envoy of the United States. His mission was to try to establish trade rights in Japan, a completely closed society to outsiders. In 1850, he succeeded. His accomplishment is a marvel of historic diplomacy, and this lavishly illustrated volume is an excellent and fascinating narrative of those events, so fraught with suspense in their day.

Nineteenth Century World Landmarks
Random House, publishers

Great Men of Medicine These books are currently out of print, but they are excellent narratives on different aspects of 19th century history that are difficult to find covered in other books. In Great Men of Medicine by Ruth Fox Hume, we learn of the ten greatest men who founded the science of modern medicine--Vesalius, Pare, Jenner, Koch, Morton, Lister, Banting, Laennec, Pasteur, and Fleming. Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo by Frances Winwar relates the boyhood and life of the great general throughout the French Revolution and the founding of his empire that changed the map of Europe. Simon Bolivar, the Great Liberator by Arnold Whitridge is the story of the brave man who fought for the freedom of the South American colonies while Spain had troubles of her own with Napoleon. Garibaldi: Father of Modern Italy by Marcia Davenport narrates the story of the unification of Italy, long ruled and fought over by various European nations, following the demise of the Napoleonic Empire. The French Foreign Legion by Wyatt Blassingame retells the story of the courageous Legionnaires and of their Legion founded in 1832 in French colonial Algeria. Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Richard L. Neuberger tells the exciting story of the first, most famous, and most efficient police force in the world--that of the brave Canadian Mounties. Learn of the events of the Crimean War with the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale by Ruth Fox Hume. Queen Victoria by Noel Streatfeild tells of the English queen who gave her name to an era, and who ruled a world-wide Empire upon which “the sun never set.”
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The 20th Century

Children’s History of the 20th Century
DK Publishers

Click to order Children’s History of the 20th Century In 344 lavishly illustrated pages, this history gives a wide overview of the 20th century by combining DK’s beautiful photos, historical media, month-by-month timelines, and brief articles that read like journalism. This fascinating reference also includes special features on the century’s most important events, such as the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Space Race. While no one topic is covered in detail, the overview is wonderful for giving a complete big-picture sense of the times, and as an interest-building starting place for your child’s further reading and research.

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions
Ruth A. Tucker

Click to order From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya Don’t neglect the important history of Christian missions which has changed the destiny of entire nations in the modern era. The remaining chapters of this book cover twentieth century missions and advances: Radio Missions such as Peter Deyneka and the Slavic Gospel Association, Missionary Aviation such as the Jungle Aviation and Radio Service, the shift toward nationalization beginning with 20th century martyrs in the Boxer Rebellion, etc., third world missions such as Paul Yonggi Cho in South Korea, and the missions of the future, such as Brother Andrew’s Open Doors, and Don Richardson’s missions in Irian Jaya.

Carry a Big Stick: the Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt
George Grant

Click to order Carry a Big Stick Before his fiftieth birthday Teddy Roosevelt had served as a state legislator, under-secretary of the Navy, police commissioner, Army colonel, governor of New York, vice president and then President of the United States. Cattle rancher, biologist, athlete, reporter, editor and writer of nearly fifty books, he was a devoted family man who raised five children and enjoyed a life-long romance with his wife. He stands out as one of the greatest leaders in the history of this nation because he used his accomplishments and gifts for the good of his fellow men. This book gives the reader a glimpse of the character that made Theodore Roosevelt’s uncommon heroism possible. Other exceptional Leaders in Action series biographies for the 20th century include Never Give In: the Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill by Stephen Mansfield, and Not a Tame Lion : The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis by Terry W. Glaspey.

The Yanks Are Coming
Albert Marrin

Click to order The Yanks Are Coming Subtitled: the United States in the First World War. “At first, Americans watched the madness in Europe from across the Atlantic Ocean. Germany had overrun Belgium, and German troops had marched toward Paris. Now, late in 1914, everything was at a standstill, with troops from both sides dug into trenches, facing each other across a no-man’s-land that stretched five hundred miles from the Swiss border to the North Sea. Millions of men and women lived in them--and millions were dying there. A storm of outrage swept America in 1915 when the U.S. passenger ship Lusitania was sunk by German U-Boats with a loss of over one thousand lives, and the American people began to hear the call to arms. Finally, on April 2, 1917, President Wilson, who had always believed in peace, declared war on Germany, and America was no longer a distant observer.” I love Albert Marrin’s histories, and this one is no exception. It is out-of-print, but try your local library, or the out-of-print search services.
Out of print. Search AddAll.com via a title search using ‘yanks are coming’ and an author search using ‘albert marrin.’

Illustrated Story of World War II
Reader’s Digest Association

Click to order Reader’s Digest Illustrated Story of World War II I apologize that so many of the truly wonderful books which tell the story of the modern era with interest and accuracy are out of print. This volume is exceptional for learning of the intricate and sometimes confusing events of World War II. Told in sections, with chapters in each section written by the eyewitnesses of the events, this is truly a remarkable history. Add to its accuracy and immediacy the numerous maps and news photographs of the events it describes, and you have a first-rate absorbing history. Sections include Pearl Harbor, Tyranny on the March, which tells of the decade of Axis victories from 1931-40, Against Long Odds, the story of the Allied victories in the time of crisis in the war, the Pacific war against the Japanese, the war on the Russian, African, and Italian fronts, Operation Overlord and the invasion of France at Normandy, and the final strike against Japan with the Battles of the Philippine Sea and Iwo Jima, and the dropping of the atom bombs. Chapter authors include the men that fought in the battles and commanded the strikes, including General Douglas MacArthur on Disaster and Glory in the Philippines, the journalists that covered the events, including award-winning Berlin correspondant William L. Shirer on Hitler’s Seizure of Europe and the German Invasion of Russia, and the world leaders that fought for a final peace, including Winston Churchill on the Battle of Britain and the Miracle of Dunkirk, and Dwight D. Eisenhower with his victory message to the troops at the end of the war. The volume ends with a chronology of the important dates of World War II, and the Story of World War II in Maps, as well as a helpful index.
Out of print. Search AddAll.com via a title search using ‘illustrated story of world war ii’ and an author search using ‘reader’s digest.’

Stalin: Russia’s Man of Steel
Albert Marrin

Click to order Stalin: Russia’s Man of Steel This riveting biography of Josef Stalin not only narrates with interest and excitement the events of Stalin’s life, but also of his times. With him we taste of life under the czars and with him we participate in the ‘People’s Revolution’--and with him we follow the transformation of that ideal into a tyranny ruled by one man, the transformation of a backward nation to a world superpower (but at what cost!). “The man who’d lived in Siberian exile under the tsars built history’s most vast and inhuman prison system, the slave-labor camps of the gulag. He played democracy’s most invaluable ally during World War II, then quickly turned into its most feared enemy with the fall of the Iron Curtain. His death ended a reign of terror, yet his spirit still overshadows the nation he built.” Other exceptional Marrin biographies of world leaders that have greatly affected the modern era include Hitler and Mao Tse-Tung and His China, also, regretfully, out of print. If you cannot find a copy with the used book searches, try inter-library loaning it from your local library.
Out of print. Search AddAll.com via a title search using ‘stalin’ and an author search using ‘albert marrin.’

Moon Landing
DK Publishers

Click to order Moon Landing DK books have long been favorites with kids, because of their fascinating photographs that are like an in-depth museum visit in a book, coupled with organization and explanation that often surpasses a visit to a museum. DK does it again in Moon Landing, a gripping account of the history-making event of man’s first walk on the moon thirty years ago. It features full-color, in-depth illustrations that highlight the fascinating account of humanity’s exploration of the moon, from our first observations of the sky, the first rocket launch attempts by Werner von Braun and others, to the first landing on the moon, and later space expeditions.

Twentieth Century World Landmarks
Random House, publishers

The Conquest of the North and South Poles These books are currently out of print, but they are excellent narratives on different aspects of 20th century history that are difficult to find covered in other books. In The Conquest of the North and South Poles by Russell Owen, Peary’s heroic push for the North Pole in 1909, and Admundson’s, Scott’s, and Byrd’s expeditions to the South Pole in 1911 and in the 1920’s are brought to life. Flying Aces of World War I by Gene Gurney retells of World War I and the introduction of the airplane into combat; find out the true story of the Red Baron. Lawrence of Arabia by Alistair MacLean is the fascinating story of British soldier T. E. Lawrence and his fight against the Ottoman Turks for an independent Arabia, the Turks siding with Germany in World War I. The Man Who Changed China by Pearl S. Buck is the story of Sun Yat-sen, who in 1921 overthrew the Manchu emporers and set up a democratic republic, which soon fell under the control of the Communist party. The World War II Landmarks include The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler by William L. Shirer, The Sinking of the Bismarck by William L. Shirer, Commandos of World War II by Hodding Carter, The Battle of Britain by Quentin Reynolds, and Winston Churchill by Quentin Reynolds. The Story of Atomic Energy by Laura Fermi tells of the development of nuclear power, used in World War II in the Atom Bomb, and subsequently for peaceful purposes in nuclear power plants. Ben Gurion and the Birth of Israel by Joan Comay tells of the miraculous story of the founding of the modern nation of Israel following World War II, which was prophesied in the Old Testament thousands of years ago. The War in Korea: 1950-1953 by Robert Leckie tells of the first war fought in modern times with the oversight of the United Nations. The Story of Albert Schweitzer by Anita Daniel is the biography of one of the greatest Christians of the 20th century, and his untiring missionary and medical work in the African Congo. Dr. Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. Exploring the Himalaya by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas relates the exciting and demanding conquest of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.
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Modern Literature: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, from 6th Grade Literature selections

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Modern World Teacher’s Resources

The Penguin Atlas of Modern History
Colin McEvedy

Click to order the Penguin Atlas of Modern History This addition to the Penguin Atlas series covers European history from the late fifteenth century to the fall of the Napoleonic empire in 1815. Each new page is a map representing the changing boundaries of Europe every 40 years or so, with the facing page McEvedy’s concise yet witty commentary on the times. These atlases are so helpful, not just for the maps, which help you visualize what the narrative histories are talking about, but for McEvedy’s commentary, which help you think about the events often in a new light.

The Penguin Atlas of Recent History
Colin McEvedy

Click to order the Penguin Atlas of Recent History The final atlas in the Penguin Atlas series covers the events in Europe since 1815. This includes the nationalization of most European countries, since the Holy Roman Empire died with the Napoleonic Empire; the struggle between monarchies and the ideals of government by the people, whether that government took the shape of a democracy as in France, or a communist state as in Russia; European colonization in the 19th century; and the great world wars, and the cold war, of the twentieth century. The maps are accompanied, as in the other volumes in this series, by McEvedy’s insightful comments.

Instant European History
Robert P. Libbon

Click to order Instant European History Subtitled: From the French Revolution to the Cold War. This modest-sized book covers all the essentials of modern European history in 212 pages, as opposed to other tomes on the same subject that require hundreds more pages. It gives a busy homeschool parent a foundational understanding of what happened and why, without taking up too much of her precious time. Added bonuses are chapter introductions which state in a single sentence the governing theme of that chapter’s piece of history (“Absolutism tried to make a comeback in the nineteenth century, but only managed to postpone--not defeat--the liberal aspirations of an increasingly urban population.”), and provide a brief list of that chapter’s important events with dates; and summaries at the end of each chapter which recap what you should have learned. The book jacket makes it sound as if all the history focuses on is “the dirt on key historical figures.” I was apprehensive to read the book because of it, but found that while a few references to scandals are present, the vast majority of the text is just what I was looking for: a reasonable and interesting overview of modern history, which filled in the gaps in my own knowledge of such events as the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the infighting resulting from the fall of the Napoleonic Empire and the rise of individual nations, European colonization of Africa and Asia, and the causes of the modern World Wars.

Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave
Dave Breese

Click to order Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave David Breese identifies seven men who, even though they rest in their graves, influence the world in negative ways through their ideas. They include: Darwin, Marx, Wellhausen, Dewey, Freud, Keynes, and Kierkegaard. All seven of these men have lived in the modern era, and have been influenced by the Enlightenment in various ways; in other words, by the revival of humanist thinking, that man, independent of God or of God’s laws and absolute truth, can “arrive.” This worldview has greatly influenced modern thought and therefore modern history, and events such as European colonization or World War II can be better understood when one understands the philosophy behind those events.

The Long War Against God
Henry M. Morris

Click to order The Long War Against God Dr. Morris takes a more specific look at the influence of one of the seven men mentioned above, Darwin, and shows how evolutionary thought influenced Marx and many of the other influencial seven. He also deftly traces the results in the modern era of adherance to evolutionary philosophy: nationally, politically, economically, and socially. He then follows the roots of evolutionism back in time farther than Darwin, all the way back to the classical and ancient worlds, back to its beginning in rebellion against God with Nimrod, the founder of Babel and Babylon, and shows that this philosophy of Babylon is indeed the great enemy of God presented in Revelation. This idea, this lie, truly has a long history of warring against God. The book is scholarly and extensively footnoted and documented, and is not a quick read, but its message is invaluable, which you will not find repeated in other books.

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