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Ch 46: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Early France & England

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This chapter will aid in your review of the historical events of France and England between the time of the First Crusade and the 1700s as you prepare for the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities test.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Early France & England - Chapter Summary

Prepare for the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities test by using this chapter to improve your understanding of the events that shaped France and England between first of the Great Crusades and the 1700s. In this chapter, watch our professional instructors in a series of lesson videos about the events that caused political, economic and cultural changes in France and England. After this chapter you should be prepared for questions about:

  • Causes and effects of the Great Crusades
  • Significance of the Magna Carta and Constitution of Clarendon
  • Events of the Renaissance
  • 100 Years War, Little Ice Age and the Black Death
  • English Enlightenment
  • French Revolution
  • Rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Impact of the reform in Great Britain of the 1700s

In addition to watching these lessons on your computer or mobile devices, test your mastery over the material by completing the lesson quizzes that accompany them. With your quiz results, identify topics that you don't understand and use the video tags to then return to the lessons to improve your comprehension. Using video tags will allow you to skip over the material you've already mastered while you review the topics you need to review.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Early France & England - Chapter Objectives

The Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements (WEST-E) Middle Level Humanities is a computer based certification exam that future middle grades social studies and language arts teachers must pass for certification in the state of Washington. This two-part computer-based certification exam is composed of two subtests, with 55 multiple-choice questions each, that can be taken together in one 2.5-hour testing session or separately in two 1.25 hour testing sessions. Thirty-three percent of the material on the second subtest falls under the domain of U.S. and World History, and may include questions about early France and England. As you complete the activities of this chapter, prepare for these questions by improving your understanding of the events that shaped France and England between the First Crusade and the 1700s.

14 Lessons in Chapter 46: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Early France & England
The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

1. The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

This lesson covers the motivations of Pope Urban II in calling for the crusade at Clermont and at the religious and secular motivations of European laymen. We will also look at the startling success of the first crusade.

The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

2. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

This lesson examines the utter failure of the later crusades. We look at some of the factors that led to this failure. We then have a glimpse at each of the major crusades abroad, as well as the political and heretical crusades in Europe.

Results and Impact of the Crusades

3. 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

4. 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.

The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

5. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

6. France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

This lesson focuses on France at the end of The Hundred Years War. It will examine the changes to France in the areas of military tactics, feudalism, and its monarchies. It will also highlight the French monarchs of the time period.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

7. 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.

What is the English Enlightenment? - Definition, Ideals & Thinkers

8. What is the English Enlightenment? - Definition, Ideals & Thinkers

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the English Enlightenment which was central to the formation of our modern society. Check out the main thinkers, their ideas and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals

9. Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals

In this lesson we explore the term 'Enlightened Despotism' and how it pertains to the domestic politics of several 18th-century Western and Central European nations.

The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

10. The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

In this lesson, we explore the social, economic, and political conditions in late 18th-century France, out of which the French Revolution exploded in 1789.

The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution: Definition, Summary & Timeline

11. The Reign of Terror in the French Revolution: Definition, Summary & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the phase of the French Revolution popularly known as the Reign of Terror, a year-long period where thousands of French men and women lost their lives.

Napoleon Bonaparte: Rise to Power and Early Reforms

12. Napoleon Bonaparte: Rise to Power and Early Reforms

In this lesson, we explore the rise to power of one of France's greatest rulers, Napoleon Bonaparte, and his subsequent achievements during the first few years of his rule up until he was crowned Emperor in 1804.

The Fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna: Definition & Results

13. The Fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna: Definition & Results

In this lesson, we explore the fall of Napoleon's French Empire after his fateful decision to invade Russia in 1812. In turn, we also discuss the Congress of Vienna that convened after Napoleon's defeat and attempted to plan post-Napoleonic Europe.

Reform in Great Britain in the 1700s: History & Impact

14. Reform in Great Britain in the 1700s: History & Impact

In this lesson we explore the political developments of eighteenth-century Britain, from the formation and union of Great Britain to the political reforms and ideologies of Edmund Burke and William Pitt the Younger.

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