Social Movements in World History – How People Make History

Tamara Babulski, History, Independence High School

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When people are asked about their opinion of World History, most people immediately think of having to memorize names and dates or people and events they see no value in whatsoever. My vast experience in the classroom has taught me that one of the very first things I must do is demonstrate to students that not only does World History have significant academic value, but that by understanding why people did things in the past they will have a better understanding of where we are now and where we are heading. One of the best ways to demonstrate to student their impact on history is to approach the topic through the guise of social movements. My students’ understandings of group dynamics in the past and today’s society begins with the basics. I weave the concept of group dynamics and social movements through the eight themes of World History. World History is full of instances where people have risen up – for good or ill – to change their current state of existence. Successful revolutions in World History include the English Civil War, Glorious Revolution, French Revolution, October Revolution (AKA Russian Revolution), Velvet Revolution, Nazism, Solidairnosc, Glasnost, and the Arab Spring.