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Excellent History Question For Students: “What Are History’s Biggest Turning-Point Years?”

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What Are History’s Biggest Turning-Point Years? is a very interesting headline in a Slate article which, in turn, is based on this research based on a review of 120 years worth of dissertation titles.

Here’s what they concluded:

Unexpectedly for me, 1763, the year the Seven Years’ War ended and also a key date in the run-up to the American Revolution, turns out to be the year that most exceeds expectations. Next up are the more obvious dates of 1914, 1789, 1848, and 1776.

It seems to me that it would be a great question to ask my history and Theory of Knowledge students: What do you think the biggest turning-point year in World History or U.S. History? Provide evidence supporting your response.

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