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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about famous European and African leaders for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:
- The life and achievements of Pericles of Athens
- Conquests of Alexander the Great
- The life of Julius Caesar
- Caesar Augustus' rise to power
- Constantine the Great's reign as Emperor
- The court of King Arthur
- Politics of William the Conqueror
- Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years' War
- The reign of Henry VIII
- The Golden Age of England
- Charlemagne's empire
- The English Civil War
- The trial of King Charles I
- England's King Charles II
- Accomplishments of Louis XIV
- The biography of Napoleon Bonaparte
- The military tactics of Hitler
- Germany's unification
- Accomplishments of Nelson Mandela
1. Augustus' Propagandists: Virgil, Horace and Ovid
This lesson explores the role of poetry in Augustus' rise to power. We look at the contributions of Virgil and Horace, two poets brought to Augustus' aid by his friend Maecenas. We also look at the legacy of Ovid, a poet who seems to have raised the emperor's ire.
2. 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.
3. William the Conqueror & Politics and Art in the Dark Ages
This lesson will explore the life and deeds of William the Conqueror. In exploring the political backdrop of the Dark Ages, it will highlight the Battle of Hastings, the Bayeux Tapestry, and the Domesday Book.
4. Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War
Joan of Arc was a French peasant who led French troops against England in the Hundred Years' War. This lesson provides a brief description of her life and actions in the war against England.
5. Henry VIII: The Anglican Church
This lesson covers the various steps Henry VIII took in breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church. You'll learn how Henry managed to get what he wanted by going through legal means and playing off of others who also had problems with the Church.
6. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age
This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.
7. The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy
This lesson will describe the events that led to the rise of Oliver Cromwell's theocracy. It will highlight the English Civil War, the execution of King Charles and the oppressive rule of Cromwell.
8. The Reign of Louis XIV in France: Accomplishments & Influence
In this lesson, we explore the reign of Louis XIV in France. Domestically, Louis revolutionized numerous facets of French government and administration over his 72-year reign.
9. Adolf Hitler: Biography & Role in World War II
In this lesson we explore the biography of the German dictator of the 1930s and 40s, Adolf Hitler, and the role he played in German and European affairs during WWII.
10. The Unification of Germany: Summary, Timeline & Events
In this lesson, we explore the unification of Germany in the 1860s and 1870s, largely accomplished through the statecraft of the Chancellor of Prussia and later Germany, Otto von Bismarck.
11. Pericles of Athens: Facts, Achievements & Death
Explore the life and achievements of the ancient Greek statesman Pericles and test your understanding of ancient Greek culture, artistic development, and the military in the Peloponnesian War.
12. Alexander the Great: Biography, Conquests & Facts
The following is a brief biography of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, including the extent of his conquests and his legacy in creating the Hellenistic World.
13. Who was Julius Caesar? - Life & Assassination
In this lesson we will learn who Julius Caesar was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life and his legacy. We will analyze the improvements he made to Rome and how that may have led ultimately to his assassination.
14. Emperor Constantine: Biography & Facts
Because he was the first Roman Emperor to convert from traditional Greco-Roman religion to Christianity, Constantine's rule marked a turning point in history. Learn about his early life, time as Emperor, and contributions to Western civilization.
15. Who Was King Arthur? - Legend, Knights & Court
The legend of King Arthur is one of the most popular legends set during medieval times. Learn more about the legend of King Arthur, life in England during King Arthur's reign, and learn about some of the most popular knights in King Arthur's court before testing your knowledge with a quiz.
16. King Charles I of England: Facts, Trial & Execution
Discover the world of Charles I, the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1625 to 1647. Learn about his battle for supremacy with the English Parliament, his trial for treason and his eventual execution.
17. King Charles II of England: History & Overview
Meet King Charles II, the ruler of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1660 to 1685. Discover how Charles returned from exile to take the throne and learn about his connection to the modern royal family.
18. Napoleon Bonaparte: Biography, Facts & Timeline
In this lesson, we'll explore the life and times of one of history's great leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte. We'll learn about his role in the French Revolution, his ability as a military leader, and his eventual downfall and exile.
19. Who Was Nelson Mandela? - Biography, Facts & Accomplishments
This lesson describes the life's work of Nelson Mandela. You will be taken on a journey from his boyhood through the events that helped shape him into the President of South Africa. You will learn about the racial inequality of South Africa, and Nelson Mandela's quest to abolish apartheid there.
20. Sonni Ali, Founder of the Songhai Empire: Biography & Accomplishments
This lesson explores the life of Sonni Ali - the founder of one of the most powerful empires in African history. We will also learn about Sonni Ali's conflicting legacy as a mighty warrior and ruthless tyrant.
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