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Unit 3: Revolutions and Reaction

Lesson A: Conflict and Progress in the European World

Activity 6: An "Enlightened" Europe

The origins of the Enlightenment can be traced to the earlier Scientific Revolution and Glorious Revolution in England. The thinkers of the period took advantage of printing press technology to publish and spread their ideas to a growing audience. In order to understand the basic messages of the period, we will look at a series of primary sources.

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Historical Investigation - The Enlightenment of Europe

Directions: For this activity, open the student resource titled "Historical Investigation - The Enlightenment of Europe." Use the documents to learn about the ideas of the Enlightenment thinkers.

  1. Download Student Resource: Historical Investigation - The Enlightenment of Europe (doc).
  2. Select the link to review the how to complete a Historical Investigation.
  3. Submit your answers to the completed historical investigation to your teacher as instructed.


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Use the information you learned in the Enlightenment Historical Investigation to complete the closing activity that follows on the changes in the European world.