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Ch 15: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 15: Europe & the Western Hemisphere

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The Europe & the Western Hemisphere chapter of this Harcourt Social Studies World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Europe & the Western Hemisphere textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Harcourt Europe & the Western Hemisphere chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the Europe and the Western Hemisphere topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • History of the later Crusades
  • Rise of the burgher class
  • Limits to royal power: Magna Carta, Constitution of Clarendon
  • Renaissance art, literature, religion and science
  • Development of humanism
  • Birth and spread of the Reformation
  • Explorers, conquistadores and the Spanish Armada
  • Definition and explanation of the Columbian Exchange

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15 Lessons in Chapter 15: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 15: Europe & the Western Hemisphere
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The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

1. 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.

Burgher Class: Definition & History

2. Burgher Class: Definition & History

Let's look at the rise of a middle class group of people known as the burghers. You'll gain a sense of their role in medieval times as well as their legacy beyond it.

The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

3. The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

In the High Middle Ages, rulers fought for supreme power. This lesson explores two of the earliest documents to limit power of an authority figure, whether it was the pope or a king.

The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

4. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

5. Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

In this lesson, we will be discussing how humanism changed the idea of the individual from something sinful and controlled by the Church into something of great beauty and worth.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

6. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

7. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Science & Religion in Renaissance Europe

8. 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.

The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

9. The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

In the 16th century, Martin Luther inspired people to believe that the Catholic Church shouldn't hold authority over laypeople. This lesson explores the spread of these Protestant ideas throughout Europe.

The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

10. The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation challenged the beliefs of the Catholic Church. This lesson explores some of the differing beliefs among Protestant and Catholic reformers.

The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

11. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

12. Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

This lesson will focus on the New World explorations of Spain and Portugal. It will list explorers from both of these countries while also highlighting the motivations behind European exploration.

The Spanish Armada: History and Major Battles

13. The Spanish Armada: History and Major Battles

In this lesson, we will study the famous Spanish Armada and its attempt to invade England in 1588. We will discuss the Armada's background, preparation, voyage, and ultimate fate.

Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

14. Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

This lesson will discuss the conquistadors of the New World. It will highlight Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro. It will also explain the encomienda system and its impact on the native populations.

The Columbian Exchange

15. The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange is a term used to denote the world-changing exchange of agricultural goods, slave labor, diseases, and ideas between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres that occurred after the year 1492 CE.

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