Friday, November 1, 2013

SOTW3 Ch 11 and 19 with Focus on "Lord Clive" Because We Can

This is a light history week. We've finished Mrs. Synge's "Awakening of Europe" and begun her book called "Struggle for Sea Power."  We've explored with Mr. Lang "The Story of Lord Clive" because Heritage History prepared a readable version for our used kindles.  In fact, the fellow on the cover of the cd I bought a while back along with a special from some other homeschooler for a free copy of their Spanish Empire library might be Lord Clive himself even though it looks like George Washington.  In the Heritage History characters guide they list Clive as
Sir Robert Clive1725-1774British soldier, who rose to be a hero in the Carnatic Wars and delivered Bengal to Britain at the Battle of Plassey.
Clive is mentioned all over the page that discussed guide to battles:  Carnatic Wars — 1746 to 1764 Britain fights with France for control of trade on the Indian sub-continent.  G#1 was impressed at how Clive lead the East India Company's British forces against the Sepoys who mutineed.  The cd also shows maps of India in the time of Clive and Hastings and India after the Carnatic Wars.

G#2 noticed that Clive had been very destructive and adventurous throughout his life and found it not surprising that he ended his own life while in such terrible pain. 

According to G#3:  Who:  Lord Clive (Robert Clive)
When: born in 1725, died in 1774 he died 49 years old. He died early because of the sicknesses that he got in India.
Why: for the East India Company and English power in India
What: Officer In The English-Native Indian Militia.

"The ending was awful to the billionth power, because it does not tell how the English felt about his achievements in India, and that it makes him seem like a bad guy (ironic because he was a amazing dude)." As expressed by G#3

So, this was an example of a slow week in history and how reading a biography is not bad for your health.  On the contrary, it may even teach you how to be a better leader and take care of yourself.  This book about Clive was recommended to the younger crowd, but my kids took no time to finish the approximately 68 page book and reflect about the setting.

We've enjoyed two curriculum cds from Heritage History about the British Empire both in modern times and the Middle Ages.  I've also used the Spanish Empire and Early America library cds.  I'm learning more of how I might use the Modern Europe library cd someday.

Week 12
SOTW3CHChapter 11, begins on page 107
The Moghul Emperors of India
World Seizer, King of the World, and Conqueror of the World
Aurangzeb's Three Decisions
Synge AofE: The Story of the Great Mogul, Robert Clive, The Black Hole of Calcutta
1605, Jahangir (World Seizer) becomes emperor of India
1627, Jahangir of India dies
1628, Shah Jahan (King of the World) becomes emperor of India
1658, Aurangzeb (Conqueror of the World) becomes emperor of India
1690,Aurangzeb gives the British permission to build Calcutta
1707,Aurangzeb of India dies and Bahadur Shah I takes the throne
Usborne pages: Pgs. 300-301; The Mogul Empire
KHE pages: Pg. 258; East India Companies 1600-1700
KHE pages: Pg. 265; Decline of Mogul India 1605-1707
SOTW3CHChapter 19, begins on page 181
The English in India
The Indian Empire Falls Apart
Synge AofE: The Great South Land
The Story of Lord Clive. by John Lang
The Shopkeepers' Invasion
Usborne pages: Pgs. 298-299; India in Transition 1707-1835
Usborne pages: Pgs. 328-329
KHE pages: Pgs. 324-325; The British in India 1774-1858
KHE pages: Pgs. 181 – 184; The Indian Empire Falls Apart
Henty, When London Burned, Chapters 8-15

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