Ch 18: Overview of Colonialism

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This self-paced history chapter offers a quick and easy way to review European colonialism. Use these convenient study guide resources to prepare for tests and memorize key historical events, dates, concepts and people.

Overview of Colonialism - Chapter Summary

For a thorough overview of the origins of European colonialism, study these engaging and informative history lessons. You'll examine the historical legacies of important historical figures of the time period, including Galileo, Francis Bacon and Rene Decartes, as well as important historical events, such as the Holy Leagues, the Long War, the Gunpowder Treason, the English Civil War and the Commercial Revolution. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of Christian and Turkish conflicts in terms of the Holy Leagues and the Long War
  • Explain how colonialism spread across Europe
  • Assess the legacies and influence of Francis Bacon and Cardinal Richelieu
  • Recognize Galileo's contributions to astronomy and Church's response to them
  • Analyze Rene Descartes' philosophy and the Union of Religion
  • Know how the Gunpowder Treason affected England after Elizabeth I
  • Summarize the failure of Charles I's monarchy and the rise of Cromwell's theocracy during the English Civil War
  • Evaluate the economic impact of the Commercial Revolution

Following each lesson is a short quiz to help you reinforce your understanding of the material. You can easily find specific topics on your course Dashboard and use the interactive video timelines to quickly find the information you need to review. If you have a question, feel free to ask one of our expert history instructors. The chapter is entirely self-paced, and you can study wherever and whenever it's convenient.

11 Lessons in Chapter 18: Overview of Colonialism
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Holy Leagues: Christians vs. Turks by Sea

1. Holy Leagues: Christians vs. Turks by Sea

This lesson focuses on the formation of Holy Leagues and the battle between Christian and Turkish forces in the Mediterranean Sea during the Sixteenth Century.

The Long War: Christians vs. Turks by Land

2. The Long War: Christians vs. Turks by Land

The Long War was a battle between the Ottomans and the Habsburg Empire. This lesson covers who fought on each side as well as some of the important events of the conflict.

Colonialism Across Europe

3. Colonialism Across Europe

In the late 1400s, European explorers learned how to cross the Atlantic Ocean. This lesson explores the impact of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans and the reasons they emigrated.

Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy

4. Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy

This lesson examines the contributions of Sir Francis Bacon to science. We take a long hard look at the scientific method, with special emphasis on experimental science. Then we briefly examine how Bacon sold science to the world.

Cardinal Richelieu and his Influence on the World

5. Cardinal Richelieu and his Influence on the World

Cardinal Richelieu was a powerful man in secular matters. This lesson explores how he came to power and the battle with the Huguenots that dominated most of his career.

Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

6. Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

This lesson explores the contributions of Galileo to modern science. It examines his early steps toward a scientific method, his work on falling bodies and, of course, his astronomical discoveries. Finally, the Church's reaction to these discoveries is explored.

Rene Descartes and the Union of Religion and Philosophy

7. Rene Descartes and the Union of Religion and Philosophy

This lesson explores the beliefs and works of Rene Descartes and how he explained the relationship between the mind and body as well as religion and science.

The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I

8. The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I

This lesson will explain the Gunpowder Treason of England. As it uncovers the details of this assassination plot, it will explain the part Elizabeth I and the other Tudor monarchs played in creating the resentment that brought it to life.

The English Civil War and Failure of Charles' Monarchy

9. The English Civil War and Failure of Charles' Monarchy

This lesson will explain the reign and execution of England's King Charles I. It will highlight the actions of Charles, along with his confrontations with Parliament, that led to the English Civil War.

The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy

10. The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy

This lesson will describe the events that led to the rise of Oliver Cromwell's theocracy. It will highlight the English Civil War, the execution of King Charles and the oppressive rule of Cromwell.

The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

11. The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

In this lesson, we'll discuss the Commercial Revolution sparked by Europe's interaction with the New World colonies. We'll learn about how mercantilism, banking and joint-stock companies transformed the economic face of the European continent.

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