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GACE History: The Enlightenment - Chapter Summary
Review historical topics central to the Enlightenment in order to prepare for the GACE History test. The video lessons cover areas that you will likely find on the exam, including:
- Origins of the Enlightenment, including main thinkers and their ideas
- Importance of scientific rationalism and democratic ideas
- Characteristics of religion and science in Renaissance Europe
- How religion and philosophy were joined with the help of Rene Descartes
- Francis Bacon's ideas and influence on the Enlightenment
- Views and historical roles of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke
- How the Enlightenment shaped modern capitalism and democracy
Each topic is explained by our professional instructors, who will strengthen your comprehension of the Enlightenment so that you're ready for the exam. Learning about all of the great minds of this historical period can be fun and intriguing, and following along with our video lessons is an ideal way to practice effective studying.
GACE History: The Enlightenment Chapter Objectives
Your objective in taking the GACE History exam is to demonstrate your professional knowledge of secondary school history so that you can teach in the state of Georgia. The topics covered throughout this chapter fall under the subarea of world history from 1450 C.E. to the present, which makes up about 60% of Test I. These lessons on the Enlightenment will allow you to rediscover this important historical period so that you can answer questions about these topics on the exam. To see how well-prepared you are and to get a glimpse of the types of questions you may encounter on the real test, take the self-assessment quizzes provided throughout the chapter.
Each exam question will appear in selected-response format, which means that you may have to select the best answer by clicking on a specific area or choice; or, you may have to click on check boxes or graphics. Test questions relating to the Enlightenment will test your understanding of its key characteristics and long-lasting impact.
1. The Roots of the Enlightenment
In this lesson, we will learn about the roots of the Enlightenment. We will learn when and how the Enlightenment began, and we will identify the central themes associated with its beginning.
2. The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas
In this lesson, we discuss the varied and diverse 18th-century intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. In addition to exploring its background and nature, we highlight several of the era's chief philosophers and their ideas.
3. Scientific Rationalism and the Growth of Democratic Ideas
In this lesson, we will learn about scientific rationalism and the growth of democratic ideas. We will see how the rationalism of the Enlightenment helped give rise to modern concepts of democracy.
4. Science & Religion in Renaissance Europe
In this lesson, we will learn about science and religion during the Renaissance. We will explore the role these two forces played in Renaissance Europe, and we will identify the major themes involved.
5. Rene Descartes and the Union of Religion and Philosophy
This lesson explores the beliefs and works of Rene Descartes and how he explained the relationship between the mind and body as well as religion and science.
6. Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy
This lesson examines the contributions of Sir Francis Bacon to science. We take a long hard look at the scientific method, with special emphasis on experimental science. Then we briefly examine how Bacon sold science to the world.
7. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views
In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.
8. Origins of Modern Capitalism
In this lesson, we will learn about the origins of modern capitalism. We will see how the modern capitalist system developed, and we will highlight key themes.
9. Influence of the Enlightenment on Democratic Thought
In this lesson, we will learn about the impact the Enlightenment has had upon democracy. We will see how the Enlightenment helped shape modern democratic thinking.
10. From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence
In this lesson, we will trace the legacy of democratic ideals from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence. We will highlight the key developments of democracy throughout the Medieval period and into the modern age.
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