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Teaching History: Volume II, by Roy Wilkinson


Teaching History: Volume II, by Roy Wilkinson

In the History curriculum for seventh and eighth grades in a Waldorf school the focus is on the developing individual human biography and consciousness, from the Renaissance and Age of Discovery to the great upheavals and new inventions in modern times. At any given time there are both backward-looking and forward-looking elements. This book follows a timeline through the history of Europe and North America. References suggest ways to weave in similar material from other cultures. These can also be included in Geography and Literature studies if the History period allotment is too confining.


  • Middle Ages-Teutons, Arab expansion, Charlemagne, Feudalism, Crusades, Church abd State, Towns, Universities, Natural Science, Nationalism, Religion, England, Knights and Chivalry, Monasteries. (Sixth grade)
  • Renaissance-Art, Literature, Learning (Erasmus), Politics, Social Life, Discoveries, Commerce, Science, Biographies. (Seventh grade)
  • Age of Rationalism-Thirty Years' War, Louis XIV, Civil War in England, Russia and America, Science and Culture, Prussia (Frederick the Great), Industrial Revolution, Colonization, American War of Independence, French Revolution. (Eighth grade)
  • 19th and 20th Centuries. -Napoleonic Wars, American Civil War, Trade with the Far East, Empire building, Scientific investigation and its impact, Russian Revolution, Biographies, Capitalism and Communism. (Eighth grade)

Roy Wilkinson was an indefatigable teacher of children, lecturer, author, and inspirer of many people in the Waldorf movement in the UK and abroad, right up to his death at the age of 90 in 2007.

Book 1 is also available.