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Unit 3: Revolutions and Reaction

Lesson A: Conflict and Progress in the European World

Review and Assessment


You have learned that many of the political changes in the Western world started with events in England and Europe during the 17th and early 18th century. The English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, and the Age of Enlightenment all set the stage for the drastic changes of the late 18th and 19th century. The Age of Reason and concept of democracy sparked revolutions and changes as far away as the Americas.

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Classroom Activity - Political Changes


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Activator: The Rise of a European World 1550-1850

Directions: Select the activator link above to review the world map presented earlier in the lesson. This world map displays important events during the period 1550-1850. As you select each of the continents, discuss the following questions.

  • How do any of the events reflect the importance of recording history?
  • How do any of the events reflect the importance of the sharing of ideas between peoples?
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The events of the late 17th and 18th century were the basis for the political revolutions that followed. The English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution paved the way for limited government, while the ideas of the Enlightenment broadened the scope of political change. None of these changes would have been possible without the printing press. Think about these examples as you complete the BCR below.

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Brief Constructed Response - Conflict and Progress in Europe

Analyze the effects of political revolutions and the ideas of the Enlightenment on Europe.

  • Explain how the Glorious Revolution and the Enlightenment permanently changed political systems in Europe.
  • How did developments such as the English Civil War and the use of the printing press spread ideas about rights and democracy?
  • Include details and examples to support your answer.

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