Ch 29: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The European Renaissance

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Watch these video lessons to learn about the Renaissance and the changes it brought to Europe. Use these lessons and multiple-choice practice quizzes to determine how well you understand the information you study.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: The European Renaissance - Chapter Summary

Our instructors will give you an overview of the Renaissance, including a timeline of important events and a look at outstanding persons and their achievements. The video lessons will deepen your understanding of numerous topics, including:

  • The definition of humanism
  • Developments in architecture, art and literature during the Renaissance
  • Changes in banking and the economy
  • Developments in government, such as the formation of nation states and the origins of parliament
  • Reasons for several wars, including the 100 Years War and the Wars of the Roses
  • Ways the invention of the printing press changed the world

Video Objective
The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview Learn about significant events that occurred throughout the Renaissance.
The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation Analyze the impact of the Renaissance on Italy.
Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual Identify the role of humanism in the years of the Renaissance.
Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture Study important Renaissance artists and their works.
The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family Look over the history of the Medici family.
The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy Analyze how Parliament came into being.
The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking Review the economy in the Renaissance world and the development of banking.
The Formation of Modern Nation States Determine how modern nation states were developed.
The Renaissance Heresies of Wycliffe and Hus Study the heresies of Wycliffe and Hus.
The Northern Renaissance Learn all about the Northern Renaissance.
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Analyze the Canterbury Tales.
France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War Describe what France was like towards the end of the 100 Years War.
England's War of the Roses Study the history of the War of the Roses.
England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses Understand what was going on in England at the end of the Wars of the Roses.
Leonardo da Vinci: Biography Review the life of Leonardo da Vinci and his achievements.
Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition Learn about the Spanish Inquisition.
How the Compass Helped Columbus Identify the significance of the compass on Columbus's explorations.
How the Printing Press Changed the World Analyze the role the printing press played in world history.

12 Lessons in Chapter 29: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The European 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 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.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

3. 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 Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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 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.

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