Compare the evolution of the western monarchies of England, France, and Spain from the end of the High Middle Ages (~1300 CE) through the middle of the seventeenth century (1650)
You will answer one (1) essay question and three (3) short-answer questions. You must complete Part 1 and Part 2. Please read the options for Part 1 carefully, if you have questions please contact me.
PART 1
For Part 1, choose one of the following prompts; you have options for how to complete Part 1. If you have questions or this is not clear, please contact me. 26 points
For Part 1, choose and complete one of the following:
1) Compare the evolution of the western monarchies of England, France, and Spain from the end of the High Middle Ages (~1300 CE) through the middle of the seventeenth century (1650).
How and why did each develop in the way it did? How were they similar and how were they different?
How did these “new monarchs” accrue power, and what differentiated them from earlier monarchs?
See helpful hints for more about this.
2) Identify and explain at least three forces/influences that transitioned Europe from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era (~1300 -1600). While the Modern Era (beginning in 1500) is a historical designation created by modern historians, there are many developments/trends/events which clearly separate medieval from modern.
You may not double-dip; for example you may not use the decline of the Christian Church and the Reformation, or Martin Luther and the Reformation.
Some examples of things you may wish to consider would be the growth of the bourgeoisie, the commercial revolution, the Reformation, the decline of the nobility, technology, contact with the Americas, rise of the new monarchies, etc.
Be sure to explain why these forces/individuals were so important.
How to complete Part 1
For Part 1 prompt 1 you may:
Write a traditional essay of 3-4 pages double-spaced (introduction with a clear thesis statement, body, and conclusion);
Create a PowerPoint, Prezi, or Google Slides presentation which you narrate to explain your ideas;
Create a web page comparing the monarchies.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you explain your ideas completely.
For Part 1 prompt 2 you may
Write a traditional essay of 3-4 pages double-spaced (introduction with a clear thesis statement, body, and conclusion);
Create a PowerPoint, Prezi, or Google Slides presentation which you narrate to explain your ideas;
Find 3 or 4 pieces of art that epitomize this transition (change) and explain how those pieces represent the transition (change).
You will want to have a clear idea of the three or more influences/forces that brought about the transitions you are going to focus on
Either include an image of the art piece you are discussion, or provide me with a link to the art piece
You may want to consider using pre-and post-transition art to demonstrate change. For example, if the Black Death is one of the forces you are going to focus on, you might want to compare art pre-Black Death with art post-Black Death to explain the transition the Black Death caused.
Be sure to explain clearly the transition you are discussing and how the art piece(s) demonstrate or reflect that transition
Essay length of 3-4 pages is a guideline, some people will write more, some will write less.
What I am looking for is your ability to think creatively about the question, and your ability to make and support an argument. You should explain your ideas and arguments clearly and fully and you should provide support for your arguments / conclusions. I prefer to have 3 or 4 main points explained well and supported rather than a superficial consideration of 10 different points.
You should cite your sources. If you are using specific information (dates, figures, etc.) or quoting from the textbook, a simple (Cole page #) will suffice, otherwise I consider the textbook “common knowledge” and you don’t need to cite it. If you are using information from supplemental materials provided, you may simply reference the name (Code of Hammurabi), or indirectly reference the source (“The nature of the laws in the Code of Hammurabi suggest that …..”). I prefer that you do not use outside sources. You should have adequate material with which to work. However, if you do consult outside sources, you will need to formally cite the source using Chicago Style. You should include a Sources Cited page at the end of your essay.
A word of caution: I am looking for your ideas and conclusions. If you simply restate what an article or web site says about the topic, even if you cite the source, you are telling me what someone else had to say about the topic. That will not earn you full credit. Please remember, we are using plagiarism checking software on Canvas; plagiarism = ”0”.
PART 2
Select and answer three (3) short-answer questions (1 from A, 1 from B, and 1 from C).
24 points
Each answer should be at least ½ page in length), double-spaced. You should be sure to include a thesis statement (argument) at the beginning of your paragraph, and you should explain your ideas and arguments clearly and fully.
If you are using specific information or quoting from the textbook, a simple (Cole page #) will suffice. If you are using information from supplemental materials provided, you may simply reference the name (Code of Hammurabi), or indirectly reference the source (“The nature of the laws in the Code of Hammurabi suggest that …..”). .
Helpful hint: Please keep in mind that by “short answer” I mean at least ½ page. Answering these questions in 2 or 3 sentences will not earn you full credit.
Select and answer ONE question from each of the following categories:
Please note: If you completed prompt 2 for Part 1, it is possible that some of these questions may be similar to events/influences you chose for that prompt. If that is the case, please do not simply repeat that answer in Part 2. For example, if you chose the printing press in Part 1, please don’t simply restate what you said in Part 1 for B1
Category A
Select and answer one
A1. Compare the effect of the plague on the towns as opposed to the countryside.
A2. What factors combined to make the Renaissance possible? What is the importance of the Renaissance to Western Civilization?
Category B
Select and answer one
B1. How did the invention of the printing press impact the exchange of knowledge in the early modern world?
B2. What were the effects of the Columbian exchange?
Category C
Select and answer one
C1. Is the term Reformation a suitable one to describe the religious movement led by Luther?
C2. How did the Thirty Years’ War illustrate the complexities of religion and statehood?
Bonus Question (optional)
Up to 10 bonus points (~1/2 page, or video of you answering the question):
How did fears of witchcraft reflect the concerns of early modern society?