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Ch 6: Renaissance & Reformation

About This Chapter

The Renaissance & Reformation chapter of this Major Eras in World History Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the transformative events and key figures of the European Renaissance, including the Reformation. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts of the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Renaissance-era material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the Renaissance and Reformation. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with the European Renaissance and Protestant Reformation
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Renaissance & Reformation chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Renaissance & Reformation chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any questions about the Renaissance or the Reformation. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the European Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:

  • A timeline of major events occurring during the European Renaissance
  • The transformative effect of the Renaissance in Italy
  • How Renaissance thinkers redefined the beauty of the individual through humanism
  • Iconic art and architecture of the Renaissance
  • How Martin Luther's 95 Theses influenced the Protestant Reformation
  • How the Reformation transformed art in the northern European Renaissance
  • The evolution of religious identities and beliefs during the Reformation

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Renaissance & Reformation
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.

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

5. 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.

The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

6. 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.

Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

7. Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

The Protestant Reformation introduced some pretty substantial changes into European society. In this lesson, we'll be talking about some of the impacts it had on the art of Northern Europe.

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

8. 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.

Russian Czars During the Reformation: Michael Romanov and Peter the Great

9. Russian Czars During the Reformation: Michael Romanov and Peter the Great

In this lesson, we explore the rule of two Russian czars during the Reformation period, Michael Romanov and Peter the Great, both of whom spent their childhoods in exile before ruling Europe's largest country.

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor: Accomplishments, Facts & Quotes

10. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor: Accomplishments, Facts & Quotes

Charles V may have been one of the most powerful individuals in all of history. In this lesson we'll see what led to that power, and how Charles impacted Europe for centuries to come.

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