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Ch 4: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Key Developments in European History

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This refresher chapter reviews large-scale developments from European history. The fun video lessons cover many key topics that have the potential to pop up on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Key Developments in European History - Chapter Summary

Make use of this chapter to brush up on major conflicts along with political and religious developments that stand out when studying European history. By having your memory refreshed on several topics from this chapter, you should be able to correctly answer any MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) items asking about:

  • Sparta and its warriors
  • Athenian democracy
  • Greek city-states
  • The Roman Republic
  • The collapse of the Roman Republic
  • First Crusade and subsequent unsuccessful crusades
  • Little Ice Age and Black Death
  • The Hundred Years' War

Explore this chapter's engaging video lessons on a computer or mobile device at your convenience. To make sure you're up to speed on all the major terms across the lessons, you can complete each lesson's short practice quiz.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Key Developments in European History Chapter Objectives

The MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test is used in Michigan as part of the process for earning a social studies teaching credential. This test's questions are all multiple choice. The world history subarea makes up 18% of your score and is where you could find questions related to the topics in this chapter.

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Key Developments in European History
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Greek City-States and Governments

1. Greek City-States and Governments

This is a lecture about Greek city states. It begins with an examination of the influence geography had on Greek politics, by comparing Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia. This is followed by a loose characterization of Greek poleis in general, with specific attention paid to constitutions, colonialism and competition.

History of Sparta

2. History of Sparta

In this lesson, you'll examine forces that shaped a Spartan society of elite warriors. We'll also explore the stratified caste system created by Lycurgus.

Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

3. Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes

Although Athens is remembered for creating the first democracy, it took many years and multiple leaders to develop the system we think of today. Learn about who took control, what reforms they made and how the people revolted against the old system.

Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

4. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

5. Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

This lesson explains the rise of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the Etruscan kings. It cites location, military strategy, and a well-formed political structure as reasons for the Republic's rise.

Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

6. Formation of the Roman Republic: Offices, Institutions and History

This lesson covers the formation of the Roman Republic. We start by identifying the underlying causes of the Republican revolution. We then examine how the Romans instituted and expanded upon their system of checks and balances, starting with patrician assemblies and ending with the Plebeian Council.

The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

7. The Death of the Republic: Julius Caesar & Pompey

This lesson explores the factors that led to the death of the Roman Republic. We start with class warfare. We then move onto the exploits of Pompey. Finally, we see how Julius Caesar delivered the death stroke to the Roman Republic.

The Fall of Rome

8. The Fall of Rome

This lesson explains the gradual fall of Rome. In doing so, it highlights corruption, division, and outside invasion as the main reasons for the fall of the Eternal City.

Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

9. Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

This lesson explains the rule of Charlemagne and his control over the Holy Roman Empire. It highlights his many military conquests and his divine rights as king, while also focusing on the role feudalism played before, during, and after his reign.

The Role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe

10. 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 First Crusade: Causes and Effects

11. The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

This lesson covers the motivations of Pope Urban II in calling for the crusade at Clermont and at the religious and secular motivations of European laymen. We will also look at the startling success of the first crusade.

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.

Results and Impact of the Crusades

13. Results and Impact of the Crusades

This lesson explores the results and impact of the Crusades. We examine the social impact, the political impact and the economic impact of three centuries of crusading.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

14. The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

Fourteenth century Europe experienced a devastating population decline due to a climate cooling, famine, and the plague. This lesson explores how these factors occurred and their impact on Europe.

The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

15. The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France between 1337 and 1453. This lesson explores what led to the conflict and some of the decisive battles of the war.

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