Unit II: Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and Enlightenment

Reading Assignments

Date Due
Concepts to Master
  • The major ways that the Reformation spread beyond Germany (esp. Switzerland and England)
  • The changes in doctrine and practise that the Roman Catholic Church made to respond to the Protestants
  • The price revolution and its impact on life in Europe
  • The causes and outcomes of the Thirty Years' War
  • The causes and outcomes of the English Civil War (or Revolution)
  • The changes in scientific thought brought about by the discoveries of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton
  • The impact of the scientific revolution on medicine, philosophy and religion
  • The impact of reason and the thinking of key philosophes like Voltaire, Rousseau and Montesquieu
  • The impact of enlightened thinking on economics and government
  • The role of women in the enlightenment

Possible Essay Topics for the Unit Test

The ways that the Reformation changed religious beliefs and practices in Europe.
The ways that the Scientific Revolution brought about changes in thought that spread beyond science to philosophy and politics.
The relationships between the political events of the period and the changes that were occuring in religion and politics. (your big picture timeline is critical for this)
The ways in which Enlightenment thinkers were responding to the political, social, and economic events that were taking place around them

Helpful Links

The Reformation
Project Wittenberg A Slightly Less Serious Luther Site
Henry VIII and the English Reformation John Calvin
Baroque Art & Music
Baroque Art at the Web Museum A List of Baroque Art Links
Palace of Versailles Paris Guide: Versailles
Baroque Music MIDI Collection
The Scientific Revolution
The Galileo Project The Newton Center
Collection of Scientific Revolution Links A nice overview of the Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment
Encylopedia of Philosophy: Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau Voltaire at the Lucidcafe
Biographies at Blupete These will provide helpful additional support and links to writings of your important thinkers The Enlightenment at the Modern History Sourcebook Lots of great documents you can quote in the Salon

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