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AP World History: The Elizabethan Era

Watch video lessons on the Elizabethan Era and learn about Queen Elizabeth I's reign, the 30 Years War, the Reformation and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP World History course. 

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AP World History: The Elizabethan Era - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter begins with a look at the different reigns of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, which resulted in a shift from Catholicism to Anglicanism in England. You'll be introduced to the biography and works of Shakespeare, looking specifically at the historical context of his plays. Lessons cover the period of religious warfare across Europe during the Reformation. You will examine various regions during the Reformation Period, including the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. This chapter can help you understand the following:

  • Queen Elizabeth I's reign and England's Golden Age
  • The life and works of Shakespeare
  • The cause of the 30 Years War
  • The impact of the 80 Years War
  • The reasons behind the decline of Westphalia
  • The impact of the Reformation on Eastern Europe

Video Objective
Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican Understand how the conflict between Queen Mary's Catholicism and Queen Elizabeth's Anglicanism played out in England during their reigns.
Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age Examine how Queen Elizabeth I's rule resulted in England's Golden Age.
Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works Analyze the biography, works and historical influences of Shakespeare.
The 30 Years War: Catholics vs. Protestants Examine how the 30 Years War transformed from a religious war between Catholics and Protestants to a political war to overthrow Fredrick.
Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation Look at the spread of religious warfare across Europe during the Reformation, which was a period when Christians fought Christians.
The Netherlands During the Reformation Explore how the Netherlands became caught between the warring giants of Spain and England during the Reformation.
The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada Understand the causes of the 80 Years War and the eventual defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to Sovereignty and Decline of the Empire Learn about the states' rise to sovereignty in Westphalia and the decline of the empire, along with the Peace of Augsburg.
The History of the House of Bourbon in the Reformation Chronicle the history of the Bourbon dynasty and their role in the Reformation.
The Habsburg Dynasty in the Reformation Comprehend the role of the House of Habsburg in the Reformation.
Eastern Europe During the Reformation Look at how Eastern European countries like Poland, Bohemia and Lithuania fared during the Reformation.

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This lesson will explain the conflict between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England that eventually led to Mary's execution. It will also highlight the conflict between Catholicism and Protestant England.

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'the Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

This lesson will explore the reasons for the 30 Years' War. It will highlight the different phases of the war while also explaining why most of Europe took up battle against the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg Dynasty.

This lesson will focus on the Protestant Reformation and its effect on the Netherlands. It will highlight the role Protestantism, especially in the form of Calvinism, played in the Netherlands' fight for freedom from Catholic Spain.

This lesson will explain the relationship between the 80 Years' War and the Spanish Armada. It will focus on the Netherlands' struggle for independence from Spain while also describing the role England played in the conflict.

This lesson focuses on the Holy Roman Empire during the Reformation. As it highlights the Peace of Augsburg and the Peace of Westphalia, it will illustrate the rise of state power, and the decline of the empire.

This lesson will explain the effects and events of the Protestant Reformation within France. It will discuss the dealings of the French Protestants, known as Huguenots, with the royal House of Bourbon.

This lesson focuses on the Habsburg Dynasty during the Reformation. It will highlight the dealings of the Holy Roman Emperors with Protestantism, while also explaining the Reformation's effect on Spain.

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