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Ch 21: CBASE Social Studies: Key Figures in History

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In these lessons, you will study some of the most extraordinary individuals the world has seen. Review their rise and fall, their virtues and faults, their accomplishments and their mistakes as you prepare for the CBASE exam.

CBASE Social Studies: Key Figures in History - Chapter Summary

From Pericles and Alexander the Great to Winston Churchill and Karl Marx, the famous and the infamous alike come alive in these lessons. Orators and soldiers, warriors and peacemakers, all have left their mark on our world in some of the most heroic and horrific events in recorded history. As you progress through the lessons you will also review the following people and topics that could appear on the CBASE exam:

  • Joan of Arc
  • Martin Luther
  • Henry VIII
  • Peter the Great
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • The great abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Lenin and Stalin
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Chiang Kai-Shek
  • Crusaders for women's rights

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CBASE Social Studies: Key Figures in History Chapter Objectives

The objective of the CBASE test is to examine the readiness of college students for entry into an undergraduate professional education program. The lessons contained in the Key Figures in History chapter of our CBASE Social Studies course align with the social studies segment of the exam.

The CBASE exam covers four subject areas. These are math, social studies, English and science. There are 180 total multiple-choice questions on the exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 21: CBASE Social Studies: Key Figures in History
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Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

1. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

2. Alexander the Great and the Birth of Hellenism

This lesson describes Alexander the Great's mighty empire. Beginning with a brief account of his father Philip, the lecture then turns to an enumeration of Alexander's conquests. Next, Alexander's methods are explored. Finally, we will discuss Alexander's legacy of Hellenization.

Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War

3. Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War

Joan of Arc was a French peasant who led French troops against England in the Hundred Years' War. This lesson provides a brief description of her life and actions in the war against England.

Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

4. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.

Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

5. Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

This lesson covers the various steps Henry VIII took in breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church. You'll learn how Henry managed to get what he wanted by going through legal means and playing off of others who also had problems with the Church.

Peter the Great & the Westernization of Russia: Facts & History

6. Peter the Great & the Westernization of Russia: Facts & History

In this lesson, we explore the reign of arguably Russia's greatest monarch, Peter the Great. We'll also look at the westernization of Russian life and government that he implemented.

Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

7. Mohandas Gandhi: Beliefs, Accomplishments & Assassination

In this lesson, we will learn about the life of Mohandas Gandhi. We will learn what values he stood for, how he stood for them, and his lasting legacy.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

8. Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

The abolitionist movement spanned decades. Although slavery did not end peacefully, great Americans like William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe were some of the driving forces behind the anti-slavery movement.

The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

9. The Rise of Communism & Vladimir Lenin

In this lesson, we will examine the role Vladimir Lenin played as a leading architect of the communist system. We will explore his involvement in the Russian Revolution and the establishment of Soviet Russia.

The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

10. The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the brutal rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, from 1928 to 1953. Stalin radically transformed the economy of the Soviet Union, while also terrorizing its people.

The Rise of Hitler & National Socialism

11. The Rise of Hitler & National Socialism

In this lesson, we will explore the rise of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism. We will place these developments in historical context and highlight major events and themes.

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

12. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

This lesson will explore the 19th century roots of Marxism and communism. In doing this, it will explain the role the Industrial Revolution played in forming the famous work of Marx and Engels, known as the Communist Manifesto.

Who Was Winston Churchill? - Biography, Facts & Speeches

13. Who Was Winston Churchill? - Biography, Facts & Speeches

Winston Churchill was one of the greatest statesmen and leaders of the 20th Century. His heroic leadership and oratory as Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II is legendary. Churchill helped England and the world stay strong against almost insurmountable odds.

Chiang Kai-Shek: Biography & Facts

14. Chiang Kai-Shek: Biography & Facts

Chiang Kai-Shek was an important 20th Century Chinese leader. We will learn about Chiang's early life including the historical context, his leadership of the Nationalist party, and his command through various conflicts from 1928-1975.

The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing Issues

15. The Civil Rights of Women: Timeline, Leaders & Ongoing Issues

In this lesson, we will review the timeline of the civil rights of women. We will take a closer look at the background of the rights, what they include and what they mean to society today.

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