Teaching Recent Global History explores innovative ways to teach world history, beginning with the early 20th century. The authors’ unique approach unites historians, social studies teachers, and educational curriculum specialists to offer historically rich, pedagogically innovative, and academically rigorous lessons that help students connect with and deeply understand key events and trends in recent global history.

Highlighting the best scholarship for each major continent, the text explores the ways that this scholarship can be adapted by teachers in the classroom in order to engage and inspire students.  Each of the eight main chapters highlights a particularly important event or theme, which is then complemented by a detailed discussion of a particular methodological approach.

Key features include:

• An overarching narrative that helps readers address historical arguments;
• Relevant primary documents or artifacts, plus a discussion of a particular historical method well-suited to teaching about them;
• Lesson plans suitable for both middle and secondary level classrooms;
• Document-based questions and short bibliographies for further research on the topic.

This invaluable book is ideal for any aspiring or current teacher who wants to think critically about how to teach world history and make historical discussions come alive for students.

chapter |7 pages


ByRobert Cohen

chapter One|26 pages


Up from Colonialism: Change and Continuity in Africa
ByLaura J. Dull, Michelle Lewis-Mondesir, Alejandro Sosa

chapter Two|24 pages


On Revolution and Rights: China's Cultural Revolution
ByLaura J. Dull, Bernadette Condesso, Dawn Vandervloed

chapter Three|34 pages

Latin America

Struggling for Social Democracy: Latin American Visions and Cold War U.S. Resistance
ByDiana B. Turk, Laura J. Dull, Michael R. Stoll, Brittany Rawson

chapter Four|39 pages

The Middle East

Religion: Islamic History vs. Western Mythology
ByMichael R. Stoll, Melissa Mabry, Bradley Abel, Rebecca Vercillo, Paul Kelly

chapter Five|38 pages

The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

Clashing Ideologies: Consumer Culture and the Fall of Communism
ByDiana B. Turk, Allyson Candia, Abby Rennert

chapter Six|47 pages

War Crimes in the 20th Century

War Crimes in Global Perspective: From the Eastern Front to No Gun Ri
ByStacie Brensilver Berman, Robert Cohen, Michael Catelli, Josef Donnelly

chapter Seven|38 pages

The U.S. in the World

Globalism and War: U.S. Intervention in the “American Century”
ByDiana B. Turk, Bill Boyce, Vincent Falivene, Brittany Rawson