Ch 7: The Rise of Monarchical Nation States: AP European History Lesson Plans

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The Rise of Monarchical Nation States chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the Holy Roman Empire and Western European kingdoms in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Rise of Monarchical Nation States chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayGrowth of Monarchical Nation StatesOverview of Western European kings and their increasing powers, including the absolute monarchy of Louis XIV
TuesdayThe Italian wars The Peace of Lodi, city-state borders and real-life themes of The Prince by Machiavelli
Wednesday Holy Roman Empire and Spanish InquisitionReligious and political characteristics of the Holy Roman Empire and efforts to rid Spain of Islam
Thursday European art, economics and family life Noble and peasant families, the Dutch Golden Age of Art and early modern economics
Friday The Industrial Revolution: events and inventions Developments in heavy industry and technology in America and Western Europe

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: The Rise of Monarchical Nation States: AP European History Lesson Plans
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The Development of Monarchical Nation States: the Rise of Power

1. The Development of Monarchical Nation States: the Rise of Power

In this lesson, we will study the rise of powerful kings in Western Europe. We will look at the transition from feudalism to the nation-state and examine four countries in which this transition took place.

The Treaty of Lodi: Borders, Peace & Balance of Power

2. The Treaty of Lodi: Borders, Peace & Balance of Power

In this lesson, we will examine the 1454 Treaty of Lodi, which brought peace and stability to Renaissance Italy. We will examine the conflicts leading up to the treaty, its provisions, and its aftermath.

Machiavelli and Lessons of the Italian Wars

3. Machiavelli and Lessons of the Italian Wars

This lesson focuses on Machiavelli and his views on governing, specifically pertaining to the actions of rulers. It will also highlight the actions of several countries involved in the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

4. Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

This lesson will explain the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. It will focus on the reasons for each, specifically highlighting the role of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the tortures they allowed.

The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

5. The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

In this lesson, we will examine the Holy Roman Empire. We will learn about its development, explore its political institutions, meet its leaders, and study its last days.

Royal Absolutism in France: Monarchical Power & Louis XIV

6. Royal Absolutism in France: Monarchical Power & Louis XIV

In this lesson, we will study France's absolute monarchy. We will learn its characteristics, examine its rise, and meet Louis XIV, the 'Sun King,' who brought royal absolutism to its height.

The Golden Age of Art: Great Painters & Famous Works

7. The Golden Age of Art: Great Painters & Famous Works

In this lesson, we will explore the Golden Age of Art in the Netherlands. We will examine its historical background, learn about its artistic trends and meet some of its most famous artists.

Social and Economic Life in Early Modern Europe: Peasantry, Nobility & Early Modern Economies

8. Social and Economic Life in Early Modern Europe: Peasantry, Nobility & Early Modern Economies

In this lesson, we will examine the social and economic life of early modern Europe. We will focus especially on the social hierarchy, family relationships, and economic changes of the period.

The Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.: Events & Innovations

9. The Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.: Events & Innovations

This lesson examines the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the United States. We will highlight key developments and innovations and explore how the Industrial Revolution transformed society.

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