About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP European History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the rise of monarchical nation states. There is no faster or easier way to learn about European monarchies. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the Holy Roman Empire, the Italian Wars and Western European kings.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a rise of monarchical nation states unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Rise of Monarchical Nation States Unit Objectives:
- Learn how the Treaty of Lodi helped Italy define its borders.
- Understand the political themes described in Machiavelli's The Prince.
- Discuss how the Reconquista drove Islam out of Spain.
- Study the events of the Spanish Inquisition.
- Explore the political and religious institutions of the Holy Roman Empire.
- Explain how King Louis XIV defined royal absolutism in France.
- Discover the innovations behind the industrial revolution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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