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Ch 16: Renaissance Europe

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Watch engaging and fun video lessons to learn about the events and figures of Renaissance Europe. Use the self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge of key facts about Europe during the Renaissance.

Renaissance Europe - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Explore Renaissance Europe in this chapter, which introduces you to Renaissance art and new technologies like the printing press. You'll learn how information began to be spread in new ways, follow Marco Polo's travel routes and find out about the decline of Latin. When you've watched all the lessons in this chapter, you'll be familiar with:

  • Humanism in the Renaissance
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • The House of Medici
  • Independent cities
  • Michelangelo
  • Leonardo Da Vinci

Video Objectives
The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview Trace the events that took place during the Renaissance.
The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation Outline the reasons Italy is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual Define humanism and determine why this concept developed.
Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture Study the paintings, sculptures and architecture that emerged from the Renaissance period.
The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family Detail the Medici family's rise to power and their non-violent methods of influencing others.
Florence in the Early Renaissance Find out how this city was affected by the Renaissance.
Growth of Independent Trading Cities in the Renaissance Highlight the importance of independent trading cities in helping to spread Renaissance ideas.
Reopening the Ancient Silk Road During the Renaissance Discuss the effects of reopening the Silk Road between Europe and China.
Marco Polo's Travels & Routes Assess Marco Polo's travels and pinpoint his different routes.
New Ways of Spreading Information in the Renaissance Evaluate the effects of new methods of spreading info, such as paper manufacturing, printing and Bible translation.
How the Printing Press Changed the World Examine the events that led to the invention of the printing press. Discuss its impact on society.
The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin See the connection between the decline of Church authority and the rise of the vernacular.
Michelangelo: Biography and Works Learn about Michelangelo's life in Florence and his well-known works.
Leonardo Da Vinci: Biography Discuss the life of Da Vinci and highlight his major works.

14 Lessons in Chapter 16: Renaissance Europe
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

1. 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.

The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

2. The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

This lesson will discuss the three main reasons why Italy transformed from a group of competing city-states to the home of the birth of the Renaissance.

Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

3. 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

4. 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.

The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

5. The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

This lesson will focus on the Medici family of Florence, Italy. It will explain their rise to power through banking. It will also highlight their influence on the Renaissance era and how they gained influence without violence.

Florence in the Early Renaissance

6. Florence in the Early Renaissance

Explore the powerful city-state called the Republic of Florence that thrived during the Renaissance, and test your understanding about the history of the Renaissance and the role of Florence in European culture.

Growth of Independent Trading Cities in the Renaissance

7. Growth of Independent Trading Cities in the Renaissance

In this lesson, you will begin to explore the history of independent trading cities called city-states that emerged during the Renaissance. Then you will test your understanding of this important period in world history.

Reopening the Ancient Silk Road During the Renaissance

8. Reopening the Ancient Silk Road During the Renaissance

In this lesson, you will go on a historic road trip along the famous Silk Roads that connected Europe and Asia. As we go along, we'll cover the Mongol Empire, the mixing of cultures through trade, and the Renaissance.

Marco Polo's Travels & Routes

9. Marco Polo's Travels & Routes

In this lesson, you will become an explorer, just like Marco Polo, as you discover the history of the famous adventurer's travels across Asia. Then, test your understanding about the Renaissance, the Mongol Empire, and Marco Polo with a brief quiz.

New Ways of Spreading Information in the Renaissance

10. New Ways of Spreading Information in the Renaissance

Much like us, the people of the Renaissance experienced a communications revolution. Learn more about the new forms of technology they used, beginning in the 1300s, and how it changed the way people communicated.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

11. How the Printing Press Changed the World

When you think of inventions that changed the world, you may think of farming tools or the wheel, or even the Internet. However, few can truly compare to the humble printing press.

The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

12. The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

This lesson explains how Latin was widespread in Europe during the Roman Empire as well as how vernacular languages slowly replaced it. It also reviews how the Romance languages developed.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

13. Michelangelo: Biography and Works

This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

14. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.

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