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Ch 16: AP World History: The Renaissance

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Watch video lessons on the Italian Renaissance and learn about art, religion, monarchs, and more from this period. Use this AP World History course to discover the dramatic changes that signaled a cultural and political rebirth in Europe.

AP World History: The Renaissance - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In French, the word renaissance means rebirth, and this period in history was full of change. In this chapter, you'll learn about the important figures of the Renaissance, from Leonardo da Vinci to Geoffrey Chaucer. Our instructors have broken down the chapters into that lessons that focus on smaller topics, like art, banking, writing, and various wars. You'll get an overview of the important events of the period as well as learn the ideals that prompted such challenges to the status quo. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • Influential figures of the Renaissance
  • Discoveries that changed the world
  • Art and literature that came out of this period
  • The interaction between the church and reformers
  • The structures of monarchies and countries in this time

VideoObjective
The Renaissance Timeline: Events OverviewGet an overview of the overlapping events of the Renaissance and Reformation.
The Italian RenaissanceLearn about the competing kingdoms of Italy and how that structure changed during this era.
Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the IndividualUnderstand this philosophy that lies at the heart of the Renaissance and how it influenced all aspects of culture.
Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures, and ArchitectureTake a look at the transformation of art from the medieval era and see the primary traits of the new artistic period.
The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking FamilyExplore the social and political impact of the Medici family, from the papacy, banking, and the monarchies of Europe.
The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the AristocracyExamine the rise of monarchies during the Renaissance and their interactions with the church.
The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of BankingGet an idea of how the ideals of the Renaissance impacted banking and economies in Europe.
The Formation of Modern Nation StatesLearn how kingdoms and tribes came together to form the countries we know today.
The Renaissance Heresies of Wycliffe and HusUnderstand the conflict that arose from Wycliffe translating the Bible and the support of one his followers, Jan Hus.
The Northern RenaissanceTake a look at how the ideals and changes that came with the Renaissance played out in the northern countries of Europe.
Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey ChaucerExplore this classic collection of tales that ranges from bawdy to reverent and what it tells us about this period.
France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years' WarExamine the conflict over the claim to the French throne and what happened at the end of the war fought over it.
England's War of the RosesGet an overview of this English conflict over the throne and who came out on top.
England and the Tudors at the End of the War of the RosesDiscover the state of England and its rulers after the war was over.
Leonardo da Vinci: BiographyLearn about one of history's most important artists and inventors.
Reconquista and Spanish InquisitionUnderstand what prompted Spain to react so harshly against church reforms and what happened to its people in this time period.
How the Compass Helped ColumbusTake a look at this navigation technology and how its invention helped make new discoveries around the world.
How the Printing Press Changed the WorldExplore the incredible impact that the invention of the printing press had on the world.

15 Lessons in Chapter 16: AP World History: 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.

Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

3. Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

In this lesson, we will be discussing how humanism changed the idea of the individual from something sinful and controlled by the Church into something of great beauty and worth.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

4. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.

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

5. 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.

The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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 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.

England's Wars of the Roses

11. England's Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on England's Wars of the Roses. It will highlight the key figures from both the Houses of York and Lancaster. It will also identify the importance of the divine right of kings.

England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

12. England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on the Tudor Dynasty, which came to power after England's Wars of the Roses. It will focus on the contributions of the five Tudor monarchs in the areas of government, religion, economic and the arts.

Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

13. Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

This lesson will explain the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. It will focus on the reasons for each, specifically highlighting the role of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the tortures they allowed.

How the Compass Helped Columbus

14. How the Compass Helped Columbus

This lesson will explore the use of the compass during Columbus' voyages to the New World. It will highlight the navigational techniques of dead reckoning and celestial navigation. It will also review the voyages of Columbus.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

15. 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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