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Recorded MS
Renaissance to Modern Era: History of Western Civilization, Part One

From Dante to Napoleon, Luther to Robespierre, Dr. Martin covers some of the most fascinating persons and developments in History.

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade. High School students welcomed – adjustments can be made to assignments to accommodate older students.

Suggested credit: One full semester European, World, or Modern History


This course traces the course of Western Civilization from the birth of the Renaissance to the fall of Napoleon, roughly 1300-1800. It includes studies of the great inventions, persons, and developments of this period, including the printing press, the Reformation, and the French Revolution.


Week 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments


Week 2: The Rise of the Humanists

Week 3: The Glory of the Renaissance

Week 4:  Science and Inventions


Week 5: The Lutheran Revolt

Week 6: Swiss and English Reformations

Week 7: The Counter Reformation


Week 8: The Age of Discovery

Week 9: The Revolution in England

Week 10: The European State System

Week 11: The Wealth of the Nations

Week 12: The Age of Enlightenment

Week 13: The French Revolution

Week 14: The Age of Napoleon

Materials and Homework

Course materials: All course materials are provided FREE by the instructor.

Homework: Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short  (1-2 page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter. 

NOTE: High School students taking this course may instead write a 3-5 page book review

Also, students will have one short (5-10 minute), ungraded, optional review quiz per week based on classroom lectures and discussions.

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