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Ch 30: European Discoveries & Wars

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Brush up on your knowledge of various European conflicts, including Christians vs. Turks and the English Civil War. These lessons also cover Galileo's work and battles with the church as well as the changes in European commercial activity during the 14th and 15th centuries.

European Discoveries & Wars - Chapter Summary

In these lessons, our instructors discuss several conflicts involving European powers, including the sea battles between the Christians and Turks and the English Civil War and the events leading up to it. You'll find out about colonialism, and see the economic impact of exploration and colonialism.

Other lessons examine Galileo's work with the telescope and how it brought him into conflict with the church. After watching all these lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Discuss the Holy Leagues and their actions
  • Explain the spread of European colonialism
  • Describe Galileo's impasse with the church over his discoveries
  • Examine conflict at the Jamestown colony
  • Explore the English Civil War and its causes
  • Tell about the Commercial Revolution

These lessons are informative and entertaining, and you can watch them as your schedule permits on a computer or mobile device. Short quizzes follow up on what you've learned, offering an opportunity to discover area where you're weak.

8 Lessons in Chapter 30: European Discoveries & Wars
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Holy Leagues: Christians vs. Turks by Sea

1. Holy Leagues: Christians vs. Turks by Sea

During the Sixteenth Century, a Christian Holy League fought Ottoman Turks in the Mediterranean Sea in one effort to regain control of the Holy Land. Learn about holy leagues, including how they formed and their role in holy crusades and wars.

Colonialism Across Europe

2. Colonialism Across Europe

European exploration across the Atlantic Ocean paved the way for the colonization of the Americas. Explore colonialism across the European nations of Portugal, Spain, France, and England.

Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

3. Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

Galileo is one of the fathers of the scientific method and made a number of other discoveries through the use of his telescope that put him in conflict with the Church. This lesson explores Galileo's legacy and the invention of the telescope.

Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

4. Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

Disease, starvation, and warfare between natives and settlers plagued the Jamestown settlement and worsened through the introduction of military rule into the New World. Explore the causes of the conflict at Jamestown and England's response to it.

The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I

5. The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I

In 1604, a group of disgruntled Catholic Englishmen formed a plan of rebellion against King James of England that became known as the Gunpowder Treason. Explore how religious tensions and the persecution of Catholics led to the plot against the king and learn the fates of the conspirators.

The English Civil War and Failure of Charles' Monarchy

6. The English Civil War and Failure of Charles' Monarchy

This lesson highlights the relevant events in the life of King Charles I that lead up to his execution. Learn about how and why he was convicted of high treason and beheaded by his people.

The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy

7. The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy

Oliver Cromwell ruled as Lord Protector and changed England from a monarchy to a theocracy and would be hated for his persecution of Irish Catholics. Learn about the rise of Cromwell's theocracy and the history of the English Civil War.

The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

8. The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

Near the end of the Middle Ages, European commerce increased and helped spur the Industrial Revolution. Discover how mercantilism and the New World influenced the Commercial Revolution, and understand how the Commercial Revolution influenced banks, joint-stock companies, and inflation.

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