Ch 18: The Enlightenment & World Revolutions

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the Enlightenment and revolutions throughout the world. Use the brief quizzes that accompany each lesson to track your progress.

The Enlightenment and World Revolutions - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The lessons in this chapter introduce you to the thinkers and prominent figures of the Enlightenment period. Professional instructors teach you about major revolutions that impacted the world, including the French Revolution and the Second Industrial Revolution. At the end of this chapter, you'll know about:

  • Storming of the Bastille
  • Napoleon Bonaparte's leadership
  • Central American independence
  • The Communist Manifesto
  • Major works of the late 17th and early 18th centuries

Video Objective
Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events Recounts the major events that took place during the French Revolution. Introduces key leaders and details the storming of the Bastille.
Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo Explores Napoleon's return to France and the major battles that took place after he returned to power. Depicts events at the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon's ultimate defeat.
Independence for Central America: History, Timeline & Events Details events in Central America after the American and French Revolutions. Describes how Mexico won its independence from Spain.
The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions Highlights new innovations developed during the Second Industrial Revolution. Provides a timeline showing when each innovation emerged.
Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto Summarizes the period in which these two philosophers lived and highlights their political and social beliefs. Describes critical aspects of The Communist Manifesto.
Science During the Enlightenment Period: Innovations, Discoveries & Major Figures Discusses major advances in science before and during the Enlightenment. Introduces advancements in physics and astronomy and important figures of this period.
The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas: Examples & Quiz Provides background on the Enlightenment and illustrates the thinkers of this period and their philosophies. Assesses the impact of this period.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works Details works by Rousseau and John Locke and Voltaire.

8 Lessons in Chapter 18: The Enlightenment & World Revolutions
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Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

1. Phases of the French Revolution: Overview & Events

This lesson will provide a brief overview of the primary phases, key events, and main characters of the French Revolution. We will also study the conditions and circumstances leading up to the Revolution.

Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

2. Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

In this lesson, we will explore the return of Napoleon Bonaparte to France on March 1, 1815, his hundred-day reign, and his downfall at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.

Independence for Central America: History, Timeline & Events

3. Independence for Central America: History, Timeline & Events

In this lesson, we will take a look at Central American independence from Spanish colonial rule. We will learn what led to these independence movements, and we will highlight key themes.

The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions

4. The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions

The Second Industrial Revolution was another great leap forward in technology and society. New innovations in steel production, petroleum and electricity led to the introduction of public automobiles and airplanes. In this lesson, learn about the key inventions that spurred this revolution.

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

5. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

This lesson will explore the 19th century roots of Marxism and communism. In doing this, it will explain the role the Industrial Revolution played in forming the famous work of Marx and Engels, known as the Communist Manifesto.

Science During the Enlightenment Period: Innovations, Discoveries & Major Figures

6. Science During the Enlightenment Period: Innovations, Discoveries & Major Figures

In this lesson, we will learn about the Scientific Revolution that preceded the Enlightenment. We will highlight the major themes, innovations, discoveries, and figures associated with this revolution in science.

The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

7. 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.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works

8. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Ideas, Impact & Works

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most important philosophers of the Enlightenment period. Learn about his important works, his main ideas, and how he influenced other philosophers, movements, and governments in this lesson.

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