Chapters

  1. History’s Story
  2. Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
  3. The Chosen People: Hebrews and Jews, 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135
  4. Trial of the Hellenes: The Ancient Greeks, 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
  5. Imperium Romanum: The Romans, 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
  6. The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
  7. From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
  8. The Medieval Mêlée: The High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
  9. Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation, 1400 to 1648
  10. Liberation of Mind and Body: Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815
  11. Mastery of the Machine: The Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914
  12. The Westerner’s Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918
  13. Rejections of Democracy: The InterWar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945
  14. A World Divided: The Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980
  15. Into the Future: The Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present
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The Renaissance and Reformation, 1400 to 1648

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Early Modern History begins as classical culture comes back to stimulate the mind, religious division offers new choices, and exploration brings new opportunities to use power.

Summaries

The Purse of Princes
Many dynastic rulers in the transition period between the Later Middle Ages and the Early modern period became monarchs of territorial states.

Man as the Measure
The humanism of Greece and Rome excited the intellectuals of Europe.

Heaven Knows
Debate over the methods of salvation and authority of Church and state fractured religious unity.

Fatal Beliefs
Violence and War settled the religious divisions.

God, Greed, and Glory
Voyages to Africa, Asia, and the Americas allowed the expansion of European power.

Keywords

The Purse of Princes
Renaissance, capitalism, Commercial Revolution, banks, public debt, Hundred Years War, longbow, Joan of Arc, gunpowder, Wars of the Roses, Tudor dynasty,Habsburg dynasty, Austria

Man as the Measure
Florence, textual criticism, Medici dynasty, Machiavelli, The Prince, printing press, Christine de Pizan, Shakespeare, Christian humanism, Erasmus, witch hunts

Heaven Knows
Reformation, Luther, indulgences, 95 Theses, Charles V, Diet of Worms, Lutheranism, Protestants, Treaty of Augsburg, Protestantism, Anabaptism, Calvin, Calvinism, predestination or determinism

Fatal Beliefs
English Reformation, Henry VIII, Church of England / Anglicanism, “Bloody” Mary, Elizabeth I, Roman Catholicism, Council of Trent, Jesuits, Index, Philip II, Dutch Netherlands, Spanish Armada, St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, Henry IV “of Navarre,” Edict of Nantes, Thirty Years War, Peace of Westphalia, balance of power

God, Greed, and Glory
Western colonial imperialism, Western exceptionalism, Portugal, the Indies, Vasco da Gama, Spain, Spanish Inquisition, Columbus, North and South America, conquistadors, Atlantic-African slave trade, stock exchange, economic theories, economic theory of mercantilism, Treaty of Tordesillas

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Last Updated: 8 January 2017