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Ch 5: AP European History: Wars of Religion

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Watch video lessons about wars of religion and learn about the 80 Years' War, the German Peasant Wars, the Peace of Augsburg, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP European History course.

AP European History: Wars of Religion - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

With the Protestant Reformation sparking change throughout the continent, Europe experienced a period of turmoil in which Protestants and Catholics fought wars in multiple different countries. In this chapter, you'll take a look at some of the major conflicts over religious reform, from the Dutch seeking independence to the civil conflicts in France. Our instructors have split this chapter into smaller lessons so you can learn about each war or conflict one lesson at a time. You'll see how important reform became to both sides of the fight. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • Why the Dutch and Spanish fought for almost a century
  • How Germany managed a split religious state
  • About the religious infighting in France
  • What Protestants and Catholics were fighting for

VideoObjective
The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant WarsUnderstand why and how the commoners of Germany revolted against the aristocracy.
Religious Warfare Across Europe During the ReformationTake a look at how different groups of Christians were fighting each other, all in the name of Christ.
The 80 Years' War and the Spanish ArmadaStudy the Dutch War of Independence against Spain as well as how Spain tried to attack Britain by sea.
Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to SovereigntyExplore this region of Germany and how states gained independence during the Reformation.
The 30 Years' War: Catholics vs. ProtestantsGet an overview of this series of wars fought in Central Europe between the Protestants and the Catholics.
The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the HuguenotsExamine this period of infighting between French Catholics and Protestants as well as two royal houses.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: AP European History: Wars of Religion
The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

1. The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

The Reformation was a time when Christianity was split into Catholicism and Protestantism. This lesson explores the major changes brought about by the Reformation in Germany in the 16th century.

Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation

2. Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation

This lesson will explain the different wars which waged across Europe during the Reformation. It will begin with the German Peasants' Revolt and continue through the 30 Years' War, ending with the Peace of Westphalia.

The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada

3. The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada

This lesson will explain the relationship between the 80 Years' War and the Spanish Armada. It will focus on the Netherlands' struggle for independence from Spain while also describing the role England played in the conflict.

Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to Sovereignty and Decline of the Empire

4. Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to Sovereignty and Decline of the Empire

This lesson focuses on the Holy Roman Empire during the Reformation. As it highlights the Peace of Augsburg and the Peace of Westphalia, it will illustrate the rise of state power, and the decline of the empire.

The 30 Years War: Catholics vs. Protestants

5. The 30 Years War: Catholics vs. Protestants

This lesson will explore the reasons for the 30 Years' War. It will highlight the different phases of the war while also explaining why most of Europe took up battle against the Holy Roman Empire and the Hapsburg Dynasty.

The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots

6. The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots

The Protestant Reformation was so popular and controversial in Europe that it sometimes led to war. This lesson explores the violent effect of the Reformation in France as war erupted between the Catholics and the Protestants.

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