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Ch 7: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 6: Enlightenment and Revolution (1550-1789)

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The Enlightenment and Revolution chapter of this McDougal Littell Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential world history lessons of the Enlightenment and revolution. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Enlightenment and Revolution textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Causes and effects of the Scientific Revolution
  • Development of the scientific method
  • Advancements in chemistry and medicine
  • Political theories of Hobbes and Locke
  • Central Enlightenment themes
  • Life and theories of Baron de Montesquieu
  • Philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Women's roles in the Enlightenment
  • Denis Diderot's Encyclopedia
  • Enlightened despots of France, Austria, Prussia and Russia
  • Early Revolutionary War battles
  • Views of the American Revolution's Loyalists and Patriots
  • Creation and impact of the Declaration of Independence
  • U.S. Constitution's ratification and Bill of Rights
  • Types of democracy

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18 Lessons in Chapter 7: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 6: Enlightenment and Revolution (1550-1789)
The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

1. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

Bacon, Descartes & the Scientific Method

2. Bacon, Descartes & the Scientific Method

In this lesson, we will learn about the scientific method. We will look at how men like Roger Bacon, Francis Bacon, and René Descartes helped develop the Scientific Method we know today.

Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

3. Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

In this lesson, we explore the medical and chemical breakthroughs which occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries as part of the era's increased emphasis on empiricism and the concurring Scientific Revolution.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

4. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

5. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.

Major Themes of the Enlightenment: Reason, Individualism & Skepticism

6. Major Themes of the Enlightenment: Reason, Individualism & Skepticism

In this lesson, we will identify the major themes associated with the Enlightenment. We will also explore the major figures and learn about their contributions. We will understand the lasting impact of the Enlightenment by putting it in historical context.

Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy

7. Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy

In this lesson, we explore the life and theories of the the French Enlightenment's foremost political theorist, Charles-Louis de Secondat - more commonly known as Montesquieu.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Philosophy and Legacy

8. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Philosophy and Legacy

In this lesson, we will learn about a famous philosopher named Jean-Jacques Rousseau. We will understand the specific views he advanced and identify his contributions to the field of philosophy.

Women During the Enlightenment: Roles & Treatment

9. Women During the Enlightenment: Roles & Treatment

In this lesson, we explore the traditional gender roles for women in 18th century Europe and how the Enlightenment affected attitudes that encouraged future change.

Denis Diderot and the Encyclopedia

10. Denis Diderot and the Encyclopedia

In this lesson, we explore the life of the 18th-century French philosopher Denis Diderot and the project that eventually consumed over 30 years of his life, the Encyclopedia.

Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals

11. Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals

In this lesson we explore the term 'Enlightened Despotism' and how it pertains to the domestic politics of several 18th-century Western and Central European nations.

Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals

12. Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals

In this lesson, we explore the term enlightened despotism and the two rulers that most closely resemble enlightened despots in eighteenth-century Russia, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

13. Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

Following the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts was placed under the command of the British army. Rumors of a rebellion led to an attempted raid on the militia's arsenal. The events that followed at Lexington and Concord touched off the American Revolution.

British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

14. British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

In this lesson, learn about the difficult decisions faced by individuals as the American Revolution erupted. Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot? Are you sure about that?

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

15. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

After 12 years of tension and fighting, the colonists and their leaders were ready to declare themselves a new country, independent of Great Britain. This lesson examines the motives, the text, and the legacy of America's Declaration of Independence.

The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

16. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

17. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

18. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

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