Ch 10: NES: The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment

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When studying for the NES: Middle Grades Social Science exam, review these lessons to improve your understanding of the causes and effects of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment in Europe.

NES: The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment - Chapter Summary

Follow along with our professional instructors in this series of short, engaging lesson videos to review the history of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment of Europe. With these lessons prepare for exam questions about:

  • Leaders of the Scientific Revolution
  • Causes and effects of the Scientific Revolution
  • The ideas and thinkers of the Enlightenment
  • Enlightened despots in France, Austria, Prussia and Russia

In addition to watching these lesson videos, reinforce your understanding of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment by reading the lesson transcripts, written overviews of the lessons that will help you learn the key terms and figures of the chapter. Following these lessons, take short quizzes to discover topics you don't understand. Then use the video tags from your quiz results to return to the parts of the lessons that explain the topics you missed.

NES: The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment Objectives

The National Evaluation Series (NES): Middle Grades Social Science exam is a computer-administered certification exam used to certify future middle school social science teachers. For this exam, test takers are asked to complete 150 multiple-choice questions, in a 180-minute testing session. Fifty percent of the material covered by these questions will be about historical topics. These lessons and assessments have been put together to help you improve your understanding of the European Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: NES: The Scientific Revolution & Enlightenment
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The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

1. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

2. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

3. 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.

Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals

4. Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals

In this lesson we explore the term 'Enlightened Despotism' and how it pertains to the domestic politics of several 18th-century Western and Central European nations.

Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals

5. Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals

In this lesson, we explore the term enlightened despotism and the two rulers that most closely resemble enlightened despots in eighteenth-century Russia, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

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