Mr. G's AP World History

Taboo Cards Example

Posted in Uncategorized by gibault1 on January 27, 2012

Click HERE for a template for your AP World History “Taboo” cards

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Chapter 20 Multiple Choice Quiz

Posted in Uncategorized by gibault1 on January 20, 2012

Click HERE for the chapter 20 quiz. You can use your textbook to complete it.

Due: Tuesday.


The 10,000 Hour Rule

Posted in Cool Ideas by gibault1 on January 18, 2012

You all want to dominate the AP test in May. You all want to be awesome academics who excel at AP World History. You all want to know the secrets of how to be pro, ninja, top-notch, world class, master, boss, expert, caesaropapist,whiz, veteran, virtuoso, level-5 wizard, guru, gangsta, etc… But you also know that one doesn’t just have these skills and powers by default. They need to be earned. How? Read the following chapter excerpt to learn the secret to being the next Bill Gates or Mozart. Learn the 10,000 hours rule. Click HERE.

Read and do Dialectical Notes for next Tuesday.

This is an excerpt from a great book written by a most triumphant and erudite dude, Malcolm Gladwell. Check out his website here: And read more about him here:

What the Banda Islands Can Tell Us About World Trade…and Continuity & Change Over Time in AP World

Posted in Economics, The West by gibault1 on January 17, 2012

“The Bandas can tell us quite a bit about economics. The lessons these islands offer have to do with the impact of global trade and how that trade shapes and defines the fortunes of nations and peoples. They also provide a cautionary tale, of the damage trade can do– if, and here’s the key point, those in charge don’t adapt to the change trade inevitably creates.” 

This recent Time article puts some of the history we’ve been reading into context. It deals with the rise and fall of European mercantilist powers and the one-time-lucrative spice trade in the South Pacific. Read it HERE and complete a set of dialectical notes.

Your Only Work During the Break

Posted in Uncategorized by gibault1 on December 22, 2011

Spanish Fleet

Like we discussed in class this week, there’s no textbook homework during the break. I didn’t think it reasonable to have you take your brick-like textbook along with you on vacation. That said, I do want to make sure that all of you stay in “AP World History Mode” and that you don’t lose the positive momentum you’ve successfully built up during first semester. Consequently, I’m assigning another practice DBQ. Hopefully this will further reinforce the expected criterion for a level-5 essay. Download the generic rubric Here if you need a reminder. And click Here for your DBQ.

Due: first class in January. ***Make sure you type it***

The Black Swan of Cairo

Posted in Cool Ideas, Economics by gibault1 on December 8, 2011

How Suppressing Volatility Makes the World Less Predictable and More Dangerous

The fall of the Roman Empire. The Catholic Counter-Reformation. The Haitian Revolution. The French Revolution. The Fall of Communism. The Egyptian Tahrir Square Revolution. Rebellion, Revolution, Upheaval, Social Chaos.

Historically, governments and power elites have done their best to maintain “stability” at all costs. The attempt to eliminate or minimize volatility has been of utmost concern. Much thought and effort has gone into creating rational systems of control and regulation, systems to mitigate against chaotic social fluctuations and the up-and-down, unpredictable forces of nature (ie. economic depressions, social rebellions, environmental catastrophes, natural distasters, etc). But have these efforts to suppress volatility actually created more volatility? Moreover, can the perennial desire for stability actually (and ironically) create more instability?

Read the following article by scholars Nassim Taleb and Mark Blyth to get their take on it.  Click HERE.

This isn’t required homework. Finish it if you want for BONUS MARKS.

The Protestant Work Ethic

Posted in Cool Ideas, Economics, Key Concepts, The West by gibault1 on December 7, 2011

What is the Protestant Work Ethic? Look it up online (use more than one source) and write a half-page summary. Who came up with the idea? What sorts of arguments is the idea based upon? Lastly, do you think it is a credible idea; does it accurately explain why Western European peoples of Protestant belief accumulated more wealth and demonstrated more material productivity in comparison to their Catholic neighbors or others civilizations at the time?

The Renaissance: Arts and the Ascent of Money

Posted in Cool Ideas, Economics, The West, Videos by gibault1 on November 30, 2011

The Renaissance led to a flurry of new economic activity. Italy, because of its strategic location in the Mediterranean, became one of Europe’s financial hubs. Newfound wealth in places like Florence resulted in an explosion of patronage for the arts. Banking and economics played a critical roll in this revolution. Today’s complicated economic world of investment, trading and financialization, all the stocks, bonds, derivatives, credit default swaps,  and mortgage-backed securities, much of this–whether good or bad–can be traced back to the explosion of finance that happened in the West during the Renaissance. Get a better grasp on history. Learn some economic history. Watch Niall Ferguson’s documentary “The Ascent of Money,” at least the first hour of it.

Medieval German vs. Mongol “Shock and Awe”

Posted in The Mongols, War by gibault1 on November 23, 2011

The Mongols are often cast as one of history’s most barbaric and ruthless forces. However, is the classification accurate or was it the result of exaggerated historical accounts? Was it terror real or imagined? Click HERE to read an interesting comparison.

Who Was the Richest Person Ever?

Posted in Ancient Rome, Economics by gibault1 on November 19, 2011

Frustration over income inequality has given rise to “Occupy Wall Street” protests in the United States and related demonstrations throughout the developed world. In this excerpt from “The Haves and the Have-Nots,” World Bank economist Branko Milanovic answers the question of who was the richest person to have ever lived.

Click HERE to read the excerpt.