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Modern European History AP

HIST 517/518

Modern European History AP

  • Course ID:HIST 517/518
  • Semesters:2
  • Department:History
  • Course Rank:College Level
  • Teachers:Richard Ybarra

Description and Objectives

This course examines modern European history from approximately 1450 to the present, from the Renaissance and the Reformation to the fall of Communism and beyond.  Students will acquire a deep knowledge of the major political and diplomatic events in modern European history, and a knowledge of intellectual and cultural trends.  In addition to factual knowledge, students will need to be able to demonstrate reading comprehension, analysis, and writing at the collegiate level.  One of the goals of this course is to prepare students to be able to obtain college credit by taking the AP exam in the spring.


The Guillotine and the Cross by Warren Carroll

A History of the Modern World, Ninth Edition, by Palmer, Colton, and Kramer

1917 by Warren Carroll

Course Reader

Course Requirements

Students should expect daily reading assignments.

Class participation is expected, as it demonstrates that the student is engaging the ideas and is mastering the concepts learned in the assignments and class lectures.

Several tests will be given each quarter, along with Midterm and Final exams that are cumulative (all tests will be in the same style as the AP exam).

Successful Students

Successful students will come prepared to class; they will come having completed carefully their assignments.

Successful students will actively participate in class by taking good notes and also adding to the academic environment.

I am available outside of class and will make myself available for extra help whenever an appointment is needed. And, I encourage parents to contact me with any questions or concerns either by phone or email: or (301) 365-0227 ext. 253.

Additional Resources

Renaissance Art

Topic #4 – Khan Academy video on “Raphael, School of Athens”:

Topic #8 – Khan Academy video on “Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors”:


Baroque Art

Topic #28 – Khan Academy video on “Bernini, David”:



Topic #87 (see both)

Khan Academy video on “Friedrich, Monk by the Sea”:

Khan Academy video on “Gericault, Raft of the Medusa”:



Topic #95 (see both)

Video on “Nineteenth-century art”:

Khan Academy video on “Millet, The Gleaners”:


Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism

Topic #99 (see both)

Khan Academy video on “Monet, Water Lillies”:

Khan Academy video on “Monet, Rouen Cathedral”:

Summer Assignment

Optional Summer Assignment: read The Guillotine and the Cross by Warren Carroll.  During the first week of school, we’ll set up a time to take an essay-test, asking you to demonstrate a knowledge of the book’s major themes, by answering with sufficient detail. This assignment will earn you extra credit for your first quarter grade.

You will need to purchase the book through Sophia Institute Press:

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.