Analysing Twentieth Century History (print and digital)

Analysing Twentieth Century History (print and digital)
Units 1 & 2
Richard Malone
Year 11
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Analysing 20th Century History Units 1 & 2 helps develop both a broad and detailed understanding of this vibrant and complex period as students analyse and reflect upon the ideologies, conflicts, social and cultural changes and challenges that shaped the twentieth century. 

  • A range of sources, including eyewitness accounts, visual representations and primary documents, combine with compelling narrative passages to provide a comprehensive resource covering Units 1 and 2 of the VCE Study Design to be implemented in 2016. 
  • A wide variety of exam-style analysis activities and focus questions enhance understanding and help to develop the key skills required to think like an historian and to succeed in VCE studies.

  • The included Interactive Textbook offers interactive timelines, videos, interactive activities and other rich content to bring twentieth-century history to life. 

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UNIT 1 TWENTIETH CENTURY HISTORY 1918-1939               
Part 1 Ideology and conflict                    

Chapter 1 Post-World War I                     
1.1 The end of World War I                         
1.2 The Treaty of Versailles, 1919          
1.3 Conditions of the Versailles Treaty              
1.4 German responses to the Treaty       
1.5 The League of Nations           

Chapter 2 Ideologies of the interwar period     
2.1 Political ideologies                             
2.2 Socialism and Communism 
2.3 Fascism            
2.4 Nazism              
2.5 Understanding how leaders rose to power             

Chapter 3 Leading the world into World War II                      
3.1 Failure of League of Nations             
3.2 Mussolini’s aggression in Fascist Italy                   
3.3 Hitler’s aggression in Nazi Germany                      
3.4 Rise of militaristic aggression in Japan                 
3.5 Comparing Fascism in Germany, Italy and Japan                       
3.6 Failure of Appeasement                                 

Part 2 Social and Cultural Change                     

Chapter 4 Germany Under Nazism                     
4.1 The Influence of Political Change – establishment of a totalitarian regime                
4.2 The Influence of Economic Change            
4.3 The Influence of Social Change - the role of gender, race and ethnicity                      
4.4 The Nuremberg Laws, 1935             
4.5 Kristallnacht, or The Night of Broken Glass, 1938            
4.6 Creating and controlling cultural expression                     
4.7 Challenges to Nazism                        

Chapter 5 United States under Democracy                
5.1 Influence of Political Changes                      
5.2 Influence of Economic Changes: “The business in America is Business”                 
5.3 Wall Street Crash, 29 October 1929
5.4 Influence of Social Changes             
5.5 Controlling cultural expression: Prohibition of alcohol, 1920-33                       
5.6 Social and Economic Exclusion                   

UNIT 2 TWENTIETH CENTURY HISTORY 1945-2 0                  

Part 1 Competing Ideologies                    

Chapter 6 The Cold War              
6.1 The aftermath of World War II – United States and Soviet Union emerge as Superpowers            
6.2 Tensions Continue                 
6.3 Establishment of the United Nations, 1945                       
6.4 Competing Cold War Ideologies – Capitalism vs Communism                       
6.5 The Iron Curtain                       

Chapter 7 The Division of Berlin and Germany                      
7.1 The United States and its Policy of Containment              
7.2 Soviet Union’s Response – The Berlin Blockade, 1948-49         
7.3 Analysis of the Berlin Blockade                    
7.4 Conflicts Continue in the 1950s                   
7.5 Why was the Berlin Wall Built?                     
7.6 The Response to the Berlin Wall                 
7.7 Analysis of the Berlin Wall                             

Chapter 8 The Cuban Missile Crisis                 
8.1 The Crisis                     
8.2 Why Did Castro Want Soviet Missiles in Cuba?                
8.3 Kennedy’s Response             
8.4 Outcomes and Consequences        

Chapter 9 The Vietnam War                     
9.1 Background of the Vietnam War                                 
9.2 Key Players and Places                     
9.3 Major Battles of the Vietnam War                 
9.4 Weapons used in war            
9.5 Anti-War Movement     
9.6 The War Ends              
9.7 Outcomes and Consequences        

Chapter 10 The End of the Cold War                
10.1 Role of Gorbachev                            
10.2 Monumental Events              
Part 2 Challenge and change                 

Chapter 11 The Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa               
11.1 The System of Apartheid                  
11.2 Defiance Campaign             
11.3 The Sharpeville Massacre               
11.4 UMKHONTO WE SIZWE: Mandela’s ‘Spear of the Nation’                   
11.5 The Soweto Riots, 1976                  
11.6 Apartheid in the 1980s                     
11.7 Apartheid Collapses             

Chapter 12 Civil Rights Campaigns in the USA                      
12.1 The United States Constitution and Equality                     
12.2 Jim Crow Laws                                    
12.3 The Ku Klux Klan                   
12.4 Desegregating Transport                
12.5 Desegregating Education                 
12.6 How Did Whites Argue Against Integration?        
12.7 The Pivotal Year, 1963                     
12.8 Civil Rights Act passed, 1964         

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A truly engaging combination of narrative, primary sources, analyses, historians’ interpretations and activities for senior history students. 

Analysing 20th Century History Units 1 & 2 helps develop both a broad and detailed understanding of this vibrant and complex period as students analyse and reflect upon the ideologies, conflicts, social and cultural changes and challenges that shaped the twentieth century. 

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Richard Malone

is a popular author and presenter in many topics of history. He is currently Head of Middle School at Caulfield Grammar School and was previously the 10–12 Learning Area Leader for Humanities for several years. He is a regular presenter at History conferences and lecture series and has been a VCAA Examiner for Revolutions. Richard has published several secondary textbooks including Analysing the Russian Revolution, Monumental Humanities, Analysing Modern History and Analysing 20th Century History