Ch 1: AP European History - Overview of the Renaissance: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Overview of the Renaissance chapter of this AP European History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master an overview of the Renaissance. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the Renaissance.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding events of the Renaissance or the birth of Parliament
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the Renaissance
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Overview of the Renaissance chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Renaissance unit of a standard AP European history course. Topics covered include:

  • Italy's transformation
  • Fourteenth century peasant revolts throughout Europe
  • Monarchs vs. the aristocracy
  • Economy of the Renaissance
  • Northern Renaissance
  • Reasons Europeans sailed to the Americas
  • Evolution of the printing press

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: AP European History - Overview of the Renaissance: Help and Review
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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.

The Ottoman Empire: Economy & Religion

13. The Ottoman Empire: Economy & Religion

For around 600 years, the Ottoman Empire controlled much of southern Europe and the Middle East. The empire was influenced by Islam and operated as the primary trade route between east and west.

The Ottoman Empire: Facts, Government & Rulers

14. The Ottoman Empire: Facts, Government & Rulers

Born of Turkish tribes from the Asian minor in 1300, the Ottoman Empire would become one of the largest empires in World History peaking in the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1922 the Ottoman Empire would fall, with the center of the Empire replaced by the Turkish Republic.

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