Today, we discussed the founding of modern political science through a study of Machiavelli and his writing in The Prince. Remember, when you think of Machiavelli, think of "pragmatism." For Machiavelli, it's important to be practical, but not necessarily ethical!
We're halfway through the school year and halfway through our course. Now, we're off to Italy!
Today, we took time in class to review our unit on the Origins of Nations and tomorrow (01/29), we'll be on a quest to complete our Quest!
Today, we reviewed the main ideas, concepts, and threads of the Holy Roman Empire, France, and England. In addition, we looked more carefully at the Magna Carta and how many of its stipulations inspire the laws and institutions we have today.
Over the last two days, we've covered material could have been a bit confusing because of all the names and dates.
Here are some key points to understand:
Oof, it's been awhile since my last post -- sorry about that folks!
Today, you had mid-year exams, but we had a mini-assessment of our own. Did you read the last secondary source close enough?
Today, we reviewed what we read for homework: The Hundred Years War. Of course, it wasn't called that at the time, but know that it was a series of wars between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France for control of the French crown.
For the last two days, we've looked at a phenomenon that had far-reaching consequences on the social, economic, political, and religions features of life during the high Middle Ages: The Black Death!
It's 2014, but we're still stuck in the last millennium! Today, we reviewed the emergence of universities and the rise of the scholastics (think Abelard and Aquinas!).
Since tomorrow is an early-release day, we'll conduct a mini-review of everything we've learned!