Ch 10: Europe after the Decline of the Roman Empire

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Europe After the Decline of the Roman Empire - Chapter Summary

This chapter looks at Europe after the decline of the Roman Empire. You'll find information about the role of feudalism before, during, and after Charlemagne's reign. Our expert instructors also discuss the transformation of Russia into an empire and how the medieval Church held Europe together. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss Charlemagne's control over the Holy Roman Empire
  • Explain how the Catholic Church maintained control and expanded its finances
  • Describe how the Holy Roman Empire developed
  • Explain how Russia became an empire
  • List reasons for the success of the crusade at Clermont
  • Recount what led to the failure of some crusades
  • Explain how climate cooling, famine, and the plague impacted Europe

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Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

1. Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

This lesson explains the rule of Charlemagne and his control over the Holy Roman Empire. It highlights his many military conquests and his divine rights as king, while also focusing on the role feudalism played before, during, and after his reign.

The Role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe

2. The Role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe

More than any other force, the medieval Church held Europe together. This lesson details some of the ways that the Church was able to not only maintain control but also to expand its finances and its artistic endeavors.

The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

3. The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

In this lesson, we will examine the Holy Roman Empire. We will learn about its development, explore its political institutions, meet its leaders, and study its last days.

The Rise of the Russian Empire

4. The Rise of the Russian Empire

In this lesson, you will discover how Russia was transformed into an empire and explore the long history leading to that development. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

5. The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

This lesson covers the motivations of Pope Urban II in calling for the crusade at Clermont and at the religious and secular motivations of European laymen. We will also look at the startling success of the first crusade.

The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

6. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

This lesson examines the utter failure of the later crusades. We look at some of the factors that led to this failure. We then have a glimpse at each of the major crusades abroad, as well as the political and heretical crusades in Europe.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

7. The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

Fourteenth century Europe experienced a devastating population decline due to a climate cooling, famine, and the plague. This lesson explores how these factors occurred and their impact on Europe.

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