Agora 2015-4 Early Modern History

Early Modern History | Agora vol. 50 no. 4 (2015)

Early Modern History

Agora vol. 50 no. 4 (2015)

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Editorial Alan Tiller

President's Introduction Ashley Wood

Original research
Thinking Historically in the Immigration Museum
Amy McKernan, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne

How does the Immigration Museum foster historical thinking?

Reflections on the theme
Atlantic History: A Rubric for Teaching
Dr Kit Candlin, University of Newcastle

In understanding the age of globalisation, the study of regional histories, such as those of the
Atlantic world from the fifteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries, have an important part to play in
the way we as historians construct the larger whole.
The Ottoman Empire and the Early Modern World
Assoc. Prof. Mesut Uyar, The University of New South Wales, Canberra

At its height the Ottoman Empire occupied an area that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Caspian Sea and from Poland in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south. Its success was based on strong and well-organised military and administrative structures, the control of trade routes and a diverse mix of geography, population and cultures.
The Revolution in Human Thinking in the Eighteenth Century: Teaching the Enlightenment
Dr Michael Adcock, Melbourne Grammar School

The aim of teaching the Enlightenment to students is to make them realise that this intellectual movement in eighteenth-century Europe created the very foundations of the liberal democratic societies in which we live today.
Global Empires: Starting Your Voyage of Discovery
Ashley Keith Pratt, Gilson College

This article explores the growth of global empires in the early modern period, their significant features and ways of integrating key procedural concepts into an effective VCE Global Empires teaching program.
Hetman Ivan Mazepa and the Battle of Poltava (1709)
Andrew A. Pyrcz, Lyndale Secondary College

Who was Hetman (i.e. Cossack leader) Ivan Mazepa and what was the historical and geopolitical significance of the Battle of Poltava fought three centuries ago?
The Rise and Decline of the Venetian Empire
Anne McIlroy, Genazzano FCJ College

At its height, the Venetian Empire was a leading maritime power and a key player in international
trade. The decline of Venice at the end of the fifteenth century gave way to the trading empires of
Spain, England and the Netherlands.
Europe and the Americas at War in the Mid-Eighteenth Century: Land, Religion and the Modern State
Andrew Doyle, Vermont Secondary College

The Seven Years’ War was the first global war – the conflict encompassed the great powers of the time over three continents and changed the balance of power in Europe and the Americas.

Teaching ideas
The Spanish Conquest of the Americas (c. 1492–1572)
Phillip O’Brien, Minaret College

The Spanish Conquest of the Americas is a rich, rewarding and relevant study in the early secondary years.
Global Empires: Ten Ideas to Get You Started
Greg Edwards, Connor Bourke, Lauren Cape, James Wolff and Alexandra O’Connor, with Dr Catherine Hart, Australian Catholic University

Ten ideas to assist teachers plan and prepare for the new VCE Global Empires units.
Teaching VCE Global Empires: Using a Flipped Classroom Approach
Elisa A. Litvin, Assumption College Kilmore

A brief outline of suggested pedagogy and strategies for the new VCE Global Empires course.
Teaching the Polynesian Expansion Across the Pacific: A Unit of Work
Johanna Petkov, graduate teacher, Australian Catholic University

The Polynesian Expansion Across the Pacific is a study full of potential in terms of exploring historical concepts and cross-curriculum priorities.


Edward Koiki Mabo: His Life and Struggle
for Land Rights

By Noel Loos and Eddie Koiki Mabo
Reviewed by Kara Taylor, Irymple Secondary College

An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Works of C. J. Dennis
Philip Butterss
Reviewed by Tony Ward, Mount Alexander College, Flemington

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