Year 9 History: The Making of the Modern World The Year 9 curriculum provides a study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918 which was an era of nationalism and imperialism. The colonisation of Australia was part of the expansion of European power. The period culminated in World War I (1914-1918), the ‘war to end all wars’. The history content at this year level involves two strands: Historical Concepts and Skills and Historical Knowledge. Topics studied include: movement of peoples from 1750-1901 and their experiences as convicts or free settlers and the making of the Australian nation. Students conclude the unit by investigating key aspects of World War I and the Australian experience of the war.