Politics in World History

Tamara Babulski, World History, Independence High School

Full Unit (PDF)

Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)


200-word synopsis:

Politics in World History?  Really?  Is it even conceivable?  Yes.   When people think about World History they think about dusty tomes, memorizing the names of influential figures and dates that their teachers stressed in class.  Few people stop to consider that World History is a series of interconnected global events.  Fewer still delve deeper to see that behind every movement or event is a common element – politics.  I intend for this to be a semester-long unit.  I have created a curriculum unit that will enable the teacher to connect all key events and people in World History to the common theme of politics.  By doing this, I demonstrate how society truly hasn’t changed that much – that politics still play a large role in what does and does not happen in a country.  My premise for this unit is that up until 1215 politics, and people, were controlled by the government.  In 1215, the nobility rose up against the king and forced him to sign the Magna Carta.  Ever since this momentous event, people, through politics, have influenced what a country does.  The North Carolina Essential Standards supports the idea of politics in history.  This curriculum unit spans from ancient Mesopotamia to 9-11.