Assignment #1
 

Sources:

 

Questions:

  1. How was the French government structure and legal system different from England in the 15c?
  2. How did Louis XI increase French royal authority and political prestige?
  3. Why was the issue of taxes a constant problem for the French monarchy?  How did the French kings attempt to resolve this issue?
  4. What methods were used by Francis I in the 16c to further centralize royal authority?
  5. What were the obstacles to Spanish unification in the late 15c?
  6. How did Ferdinand and Isabella centralize royal authority in Spain?
  7. What role did religion play in strengthening the power of the Spanish monarchy?
  8. Why are Henry VII of England, Louis XII of France, and Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain called the "new monarchs?"
  9. Identify some of the political and economic problems created by Charles V as he assumed the position of Holy Roman Emperor as well as king of Spain.
  10. How did Charles V attempt to resolve these problems?
  11. How successful was he?  What was the legacy that Charles V bequeathed to future Spanish rulers?
 
  Assignment #2
 

Sources:

  • textbook:  pg. 417 to mid-pg. 424.   
 

Questions:

  1. How was the Holy Roman Empire in the 15c structured?  How was the Emperor chosen?
  2. What was the biggest political problem of the Holy Roman Empire?
  3. What was the relationship between the kinds and the nobility in Hungary?    in Poland?
  4. Why did serfdom appear in many Eastern European nations/territories in the 14c and early 15c?
  5. Why did the Ottoman Empire become weaker by the end of the 16c?  What role did it continue to play in Europe?
  6. Why was the political peace in Italy broken at the end of the 15c?
  7. What was the image that the rest of Europe had of Florence and Venice?  What was the reality?
  8. Which European states invaded Italy at the end of the 15c?  What were the consequences for Italy of those invasions?  Who lost?  Who benefited?
 
  Assignment #3
 

Sources:

 

Questions:

  1. What were the general characteristics of the merchant-oligarchies of northern Italy during the Renaissance?
  2. The Italian city-states tried to pressure their independence through balance-of-power diplomacy.  How did this diplomatic strategy work in 15c Italy?  What were the drawbacks of this system?
  3. How was the Kingdom of Naples different from these northern Renaissance states?
  4. Why did Machiavelli write The Prince?
  5. What was Machiavelli's view of human nature?  How did it influence his political thinking?
  6. What was the goal of government and leadership according to Machiavelli?
  7. How was Machiavelli's advice to princes a break from the teachings of medieval and moral philosophers?
  8. Based on The Prince, what is more important--to be loved or to be feared?  Explain your answer.
  9. How was The Prince a reflection of the political milieu {atmosphere} of the times?  Is it of use to politicians today?  Defend your position.
 
                
 
 
 

                
 
Quizzes:
  1. Textbook Quiz --> chapter 15
  2. Other Quizzes: 
Outlines / Lecture Notes:
  1. "1300-1815" (Mr. Mercado)
  2. "Elizabethan England" (Dr. Brent Strong, Brigham Young University)
Review Sheets:
  1. Giant EHAP Review Sheet by a student from the class of '04, Horace Greeley HS
  2. chart --> "Social History Study Guide" (Mr. Mercado)
  3. chart --> "Economics Development Study Guide" (Mr. Mercado)
  4. chart --> "The Rise of Constitutionalism and Liberalism" (Mr. Mercado)

 


   
 

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