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Ch 1: AP European History: Overview of the Renaissance

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Watch Renaissance video lessons and learn about important events, Renaissance ideals, the period's impact on society, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP European History course.

AP European History: Overview of the Renaissance - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Marked by its rebirth in culture and renewed interest in the classics, the Renaissance was a time when many aspects of society began to change. In this chapter, you'll learn about the societal, political, artistic, and religious changes that happened in Europe during this era. Our instructors have sectioned off different aspects of Renaissance history into individual lessons so you can learn about banking, art, government, and wars in single lessons. You'll see how the Renaissance impacted almost every part of society and changed the world completely. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • The major events of the Renaissance
  • What Renaissance ideals were
  • How the borders of Europe changed
  • Which countries fought during this time
  • How society branched out from the status quo

VideoObjective
The Renaissance Timeline: Events OverviewTake a look at a timeline of the overlapping events covered in the Renaissance and the Reformation.
The Italian Renaissance and Italy's TransformationUnderstand how a set of competing kingdoms transformed into a united country.
The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking FamilyLearn about the social and political impact of the Medici family from the papacy and banking to intermarriages of monarchies.
Why European Peasants Revolted During the RenaissanceExplore the various revolts that peasants undertook during this time of rebirth.
The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the AristocracyStudy how modern government came into being when the monarchs made a deal with the aristocracy.
The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of BankingExamine what changed and what stayed the same for economies during the Renaissance.
The Formation of Modern Nation StatesTake a look at how the societies of Europe unified and became the countries we know today.
The Renaissance Heresies of Wycliffe and HusUnderstand the writings and ideologies of these two men and how the Catholic Church reacted to their ideas.
The Northern RenaissanceLearn how the ideals of humanism and the individual played out across the northern part of Europe.
France and the Valois at the End of the Hundred Years' WarExplore this long series of conflicts between England and France for control of the French throne.
The Old World and New WorldStudy the interchange of ideas and goods between Europe and the Americas.
How the Printing Press Changed the WorldExamine how this new communication technology completely changed the world.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: AP European History: Overview of the Renaissance
The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

1. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

2. The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

This lesson will discuss the three main reasons why Italy transformed from a group of competing city-states to the home of the birth of the Renaissance.

The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

3. The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

This lesson will focus on the Medici family of Florence, Italy. It will explain their rise to power through banking. It will also highlight their influence on the Renaissance era and how they gained influence without violence.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

4. Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

Fourteenth-century Europe saw several peasant revolts. This lesson looks at the economic and political conditions that led to these uprisings and names two of the most well-known.

The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

5. The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

This lesson will focus on the rise of monarchies during the Renaissance, highlighting the interactions of these monarchies with the church and the aristocracy.

The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking

6. The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking

In this lesson, we will discuss the rise of banking and the Renaissance economy. We will highlight the Medici family and the rise of the middle class.

The Formation of Modern Nation States

7. The Formation of Modern Nation States

This lesson explains the formation of the modern nation-states. It will highlight how the decline of feudalism, as well as the decline in church power, helped bring about the modern nation-state. It will also feature several monarchs who ruled during these times.

The Renaissance Heresies of Wycliffe and Hus

8. The Renaissance Heresies of Wycliffe and Hus

This lesson will focus on the Renaissance teachings of John Wycliffe and Jan Hus. It will highlight their challenges to church authority, membership and traditions.

The Northern Renaissance

9. The Northern Renaissance

This lesson will focus on the Northern Renaissance. It will contrast the Renaissance of the North with the Italian Renaissance, exploring these differences in the areas of art, politics, and religion.

France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

10. France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

This lesson focuses on France at the end of The Hundred Years War. It will examine the changes to France in the areas of military tactics, feudalism, and its monarchies. It will also highlight the French monarchs of the time period.

The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

11. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

12. How the Printing Press Changed the World

When you think of inventions that changed the world, you may think of farming tools or the wheel, or even the Internet. However, few can truly compare to the humble printing press.

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