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Ch 6: Renaissance, Reformation & Enlightenment

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Let us help you understand the Renaissance, Enlightenment and Reformation periods with this engaging chapter. These short video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes provide a great way to study for a test, catch up after missing class or finish a challenging assignment.

Renaissance, Reformation & Enlightenment - Chapter Summary

These interesting lessons cover the Enlightenment, Reformation and Renaissance periods. In this chapter, you'll study the Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation period. After completing these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the Northern Renaissance
  • Detail religious warfare across Europe during the Reformation
  • Outline the birth of the Protestant Reformation
  • Explain the Protestant influence on society
  • Describe Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age
  • Identify the major themes of the Enlightenment

We've made these video lessons easy to navigate using the video tabs feature found in the Timeline. Each lesson is followed by a quiz that provides a great way to test your knowledge ahead of an exam. Feel free to access these learning tools any time you'd like on your mobile device or computer. If you have any questions along the way, one of our instructors can help.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: Renaissance, Reformation & Enlightenment
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The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

1. 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.

The Northern Renaissance

2. The Northern Renaissance

This lesson will focus on the Northern Renaissance. It will contrast the Renaissance of the North with the Italian Renaissance, exploring these differences in the areas of art, politics, and religion.

Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation

3. Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation

This lesson will explain the different wars which waged across Europe during the Reformation. It will begin with the German Peasants' Revolt and continue through the 30 Years' War, ending with the Peace of Westphalia.

Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

4. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.

Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

5. Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

The Protestant Reformation was a huge movement that led to many Christians splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the after effects on families, education and social life.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

6. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

Major Themes of the Enlightenment: Reason, Individualism & Skepticism

7. Major Themes of the Enlightenment: Reason, Individualism & Skepticism

In this lesson, we will identify the major themes associated with the Enlightenment. We will also explore the major figures and learn about their contributions. We will understand the lasting impact of the Enlightenment by putting it in historical context.

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