Ch 16: AP World History: The Renaissance

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons on the Italian Renaissance and learn about art, religion, monarchs, and more from this period. Use this chapter to study for the AP World History exam or get ahead in class.

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 review the important events of the Renaissance, from the birth of Parliament to the invention of the printing press in preparation for the AP World History exam. Our instructors have broken down this period of history into lessons that focus on smaller topics, like politics, 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 challenges to the status quo. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of the overlapping events of the Renaissance and Reformation
  • Detail the rise of monarchies during the Renaissance and their interactions with the church
  • Outline how the ideals of the Renaissance impacted banking and economies in Europe
  • Describe how kingdoms came together to form the countries we know today
  • Assess the conflict over the claim to the French throne and what happened at the end of the 100 Years War
  • Share events of the English Wars of the Roses over the throne and who came out on top
  • Explain how the invention of the compass helped make new discoveries around the world
  • Recognize the incredible impact that the invention of the printing press had on the world

This chapter is composed of brief video lessons that take less than ten minutes each to complete. If you prefer to learn through a text-based format, you can also view full written transcripts of the videos. These transcripts can also be printed for a handy offline reference tool. If you have questions about the material, don't hesitate to send them to our history experts.

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: AP World History: The Renaissance
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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 Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

5. 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

6. 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.

How the Compass Helped Columbus

7. 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

8. 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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