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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
|The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview||Take a look at a timeline of the overlapping events covered in the Renaissance and the Reformation.|
|The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation||Understand how a set of competing kingdoms transformed into a united country.|
|The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family||Learn 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 Renaissance||Explore the various revolts that peasants undertook during this time of rebirth.|
|The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy||Study how modern government came into being when the monarchs made a deal with the aristocracy.|
|The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking||Examine what changed and what stayed the same for economies during the Renaissance.|
|The Formation of Modern Nation States||Take a look at how the societies of Europe unified and became the countries we know today.|
|The Renaissance Heresies of Wycliffe and Hus||Understand the writings and ideologies of these two men and how the Catholic Church reacted to their ideas.|
|The Northern Renaissance||Learn 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' War||Explore this long series of conflicts between England and France for control of the French throne.|
|The Old World and New World||Study the interchange of ideas and goods between Europe and the Americas.|
|How the Printing Press Changed the World||Examine how this new communication technology completely changed the world.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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