Ch 28: The Medieval Period - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Use the lessons of this chapter to refresh your knowledge of the developments of the medieval period. The content provided will help you study for pertinent history-based questions on the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam.

The Medieval Period - MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will have the opportunity to review the history of the medieval era in preparation for the questions on the MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam about developments in world history during this time period. Topics covered in these lessons include:

  • Classical consequences of the Dark Ages
  • Role of the church and the Byzantines in maintaining Roman culture
  • Holy Roman Empire and the Investiture Conflict
  • Feudalism and peasant revolts
  • Impact of the climate and technological innovations on life in the Dark Ages
  • The Crusades and the Hundred Years' War
  • The Magna Carta
  • Contributions of the Mongolians
  • Guilds and economies in the Middle Ages
  • Environment and plagues

To best utilize this chapter in your studies, view the brief video lessons and read their accompanying transcripts. Both resources will highlight important vocabulary terms that may help you on the exam. After each lesson, be sure to take the self-assessment quiz, which will enable you to determine how well you comprehend the information you've just reviewed.

The Medieval Period - MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Political Science/ Political Philosophy exam is meant to assess your understanding of the basic subject matter of this field. Roughly 20% of the test relates to history content, with one of the main objectives being to convey an understanding of significant political, economic, cultural, and social developments of the world.

In addition to studying general world history, reviewing this chapter's focus on the medieval era will enable you to confidently answer any questions pertaining to this time period. These lessons detail each aspect of medieval history on which you may be tested. Not only will you gain confidence in your knowledge, but if you utilize the practice quizzes at the end of each lesson you will strengthen your ability to answer questions on this topic in multiple-choice format, just like on the exam.

14 Lessons in Chapter 28: The Medieval Period - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

1. The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

This lesson explores the loss of classical culture during the Dark Ages. We compare the life of a medieval peasant to that of a Roman pleb. We then examine the causes of this decline, as well as its repercussions.

Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

2. Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

The Roman Empire covered a vast area, and when it fell, its people were in danger of losing their civilization. This lesson explores some of the things that remained as the Empire fell, as well as how they affected Roman citizens.

Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

3. Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

This lesson explains the rule of Charlemagne and his control over the Holy Roman Empire. It highlights his many military conquests and his divine rights as king, while also focusing on the role feudalism played before, during, and after his reign.

Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

4. Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

This lesson will explore the rule of Charlemagne and his exercise of the divine right of kings. It will highlight his reign as Holy Roman Emperor, focusing on his military conquests and his cultural reforms.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

5. Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

This lesson will explore the impact of feudalism on European society. While explaining the system of feudalism, it will highlight how it offered protection and stability to Europe, specifically after the 5th century fall of Rome.

The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

6. The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

In this lesson, we explore the factors that brought about Europe's Medieval Agricultural Revolution. We look at the climate of Europe and the key agricultural technologies and techniques that revolutionized agriculture: the heavy plow, the horse collar & the three field crop rotation system.

The Investiture Conflict: Rulers vs. the Centralized Church

7. The Investiture Conflict: Rulers vs. the Centralized Church

This lesson will explore the Investiture Conflict of the 11th and 12th centuries. In doing so, it will highlight the roles of Pope Gregory VII and Henry IV. It will also explain the Concordat of Worms.

Results and Impact of the Crusades

8. Results and Impact of the Crusades

This lesson explores the results and impact of the Crusades. We examine the social impact, the political impact and the economic impact of three centuries of crusading.

The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

9. The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

In the High Middle Ages, rulers fought for supreme power. This lesson explores two of the earliest documents to limit power of an authority figure, whether it was the pope or a king.

Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

10. Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

This lesson covers the contributions of the Mongols to Western civilization. We begin by examining the tale of Marco Polo. Next, we look at some common misconceptions about the Mongols. Finally, we enumerate the many technologies brought to Europe by this group.

Guilds in Western Culture and Economies in the High Middle Ages

11. Guilds in Western Culture and Economies in the High Middle Ages

Medieval guilds provided standards for production and protected their members from oppression. This lesson explores why guilds developed in the High Middle Ages.

The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

12. The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France between 1337 and 1453. This lesson explores what led to the conflict and some of the decisive battles of the war.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

13. The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

Fourteenth century Europe experienced a devastating population decline due to a climate cooling, famine, and the plague. This lesson explores how these factors occurred and their impact on Europe.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

14. Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

Fourteenth-century Europe saw several peasant revolts. This lesson looks at the economic and political conditions that led to these uprisings and names two of the most well-known.

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