Ch 10: Fall of the Roman Empire Through the Middle Ages

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Examine the centuries between the last days of Rome and the medieval period as you watch the videos and work through our Fall of the Roman Empire Through the Middle Ages chapter. Read on to meet Charlemagne, Suleiman the Magnificent and others.

Fall of the Roman Empire Through the Middle Ages - Chapter Summary

In its heyday, Rome ruled much of the known world. In these lessons, you will discover what happened in the years that followed the break-up of the empire. You will experience the early spread of Christianity, the expansion of the influence of the Catholic Church, the horrors of the Black Death, and more.

Come face to face with Constantine, ride with the Crusaders, watch the beginning and spread of the Ottoman Empire and trace the advances of the Mongols as you review these turbulent and exciting times. The lessons include the following material and more:

  • Constantine, Constantinople and the rise of Christianity
  • The beginning of the Byzantine Empire and the Catholic Church
  • Eastern vs. western feudalism and the founding of Confucianism
  • The Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne and rule by divine right
  • The Black Death: symptoms, spread and history of the bubonic plague
  • Rise of Christianity and Catholicism in Europe in the Middle Ages
  • Christians vs. Muslims in the Crusades, rise of the Ottomans and Mongols

This comprehensive, yet interesting and engaging study guide enables you to cover a great deal of information in a very short time. Brightly animated, well-presented and skillfully written content informs without dryness or tedium, making your study sessions something to look forward to with pleasure. The dashboard keeps you organized and the quizzes and chapter tests enable you to check for retention and mastery of the material.

15 Lessons in Chapter 10: Fall of the Roman Empire Through the Middle Ages
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The Establishment of Constantinople

1. The Establishment of Constantinople

Constantinople may have existed before Constantine, but it was that emperor who made the city one of the most important in the world. From the 300s until today, Constantinople (now called Istanbul) has been the center of much trade and power.

The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

2. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.

Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

3. Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

The Roman Empire covered a vast area, and when it fell, its people were in danger of losing their civilization. This lesson explores some of the things that remained as the Empire fell, as well as how they affected Roman citizens.

Byzantine vs. Rome: Eastern Orthodox & Roman Catholic

4. Byzantine vs. Rome: Eastern Orthodox & Roman Catholic

The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches developed largely in the same places as the Western Roman and Eastern Roman (or Byzantine) Empires. Coincidence? This lesson answers that question.

The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

5. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.

What is Medieval Feudalism? - Definition, Structure & History

6. What is Medieval Feudalism? - Definition, Structure & History

In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical background, basic structure, and general nature of feudalism as practiced in Medieval Europe between the 9th and 15th centuries.

Comparing European & Asian Feudalism

7. Comparing European & Asian Feudalism

Western Europe made feudalism famous with its kings, queens, and knights, but it existed in other parts of the world as well. This lesson explores the similarities of feudalism in Europe, China, and Japan.

Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

8. Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

This lesson will explore the rule of Charlemagne and his exercise of the divine right of kings. It will highlight his reign as Holy Roman Emperor, focusing on his military conquests and his cultural reforms.

The Bubonic Plague: History, Facts & Symptoms

9. The Bubonic Plague: History, Facts & Symptoms

In this lesson, we will discuss the origins and effects of the bubonic plague of the 14th century. Learn about the lasting impacts of one of the most devastating events in European history.

Spread of Christianity in Medieval Europe

10. Spread of Christianity in Medieval Europe

Christianity may have began as a small religious tradition in the Middle East, but it soon spread throughout much of the known world. This lesson takes a look at how Christianity spread throughout Europe in the early Middle Ages.

The Role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe

11. 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 Great Crusades: History and Timeline

12. 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 Ottoman Empire

13. The Ottoman Empire

This lesson will be a brief survey of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight the ghazis, Osman, and Suleiman. It will also highlight the decline of the empire due to its involvement with Russia and the other powers of Europe.

Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

14. Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

This lesson will focus on Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight his conquests of Eastern Europe and his wars with the Habsburg Dynasty. It will also discuss the cultural advancements of his rule.

The Mongols: Definition, History & Conquest

15. The Mongols: Definition, History & Conquest

Who are the Mongols? In this lesson we will look at the origins of the Mongols, the early life of Genghis Khan, their very first conquests, and examine what made them the most feared warriors of the 13th century.

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