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Early Modern Europe

  Modern history, or the Modern era (but not the Modern Age), comprises the historical period that follows the late Middle Ages. It can be broken down into the early modern period and the  late modern period -after the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution-. To describe the time since the 20th. century, especially from the postwar period and Cold War till today, you can  use Conytemporary history .

   So, Early modern Europe is the period in the history of Europe (Western Europe, Central Europe and the first European colonies) between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, roughly the late 15th century to the late 18th century. The beginning and the end of the early modern period are not clear-cut; as with most periodizations of history, the precise dates chosen may vary.

   The beginning is generally accepted to be in the late 15th century or early 16th century with such events as the invention of moveable type printing in the 1450s; the Fall of Constantinople in 1453; the end of the Wars of the Roses in 1485; the Voyages of Christopher Columbus and the end of the Reconquista in 1492 or the Protestant Reformation in 1517. The end of the early period, in  the late eighteenth century, is often linked with an Age of Revolutions, beginning with those in  North America and France (the French Revolution,1789). Its end point is usually also associated   with the Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the mid eighteenth century.

  The early modern period was characterized by deep changes which had profound effects in the European societies. Among the most important include the development of science, an increasingly rapid technological progress, the rise of strong centralized governments and the beginnings of recognizable nation-states that are the direct antecedents of today's states. Capitalist economies began to develop in a nascent form, first in the northern Italy and in the Low Countries, later in France, Germany and England. 

   The early modern period is  associated with the decline of feudalism and serfdom and the rise of early authoritarian nation states.The Protestant Reformation split up western Christendom and Europe was involved in a long period of wars of religion; on the other hand, the early modern period also witnessed the Age of Discovery and the beginning of European colonialism, that brought about the circumnavigation of the earth and the establishment of regular European contact with the Americas, India, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. This earliest phase of globalization is one of the most important features of the early modern period and played an important role in the development of capitalism. The historical european powers became involved in a global trade (the Columbian Exchange) that greatly affected almost every society on Earth.

   The expression "early modern" is sometimes incorrectly used as a substitute for the term Renaissance, and vice versa. However, "Renaissance" is properly used in relation to a cultural development. Be careful, in Spanish and continental historiography Early Modern era corresponds to the Historia Moderna, while Late Modern era correspons to the Historia Contemporánea.

   Here you have several resources to go into some issues surrounding the early modern era, much more than in our history class we could play with.

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(cursive titles  =  presentación en español)


 EL FIN DE LA EDAD MEDIA : La crisis de la Edad Media y La Guerra de los Cien Años                                                                                                                                         



  EUROPA  1450-1750 : Transición a la Edad Moderna; Introducción a la Europa moderna;  Europa entre 1450 y 1750La Edad Moderna; Evolución política -easy-; Evolución política -medium/high-.      


  ECONOMIA:  El Mercantilismo



 LA MONARQUÍA AUTORITARIA: La Monarquía autoritaria


 EL EMPERADOR CARLOS V: Carlos V; La herencia de Carlos en mapas; España Moderna Quiz



 EL IMPERIO DE FELIPE II: Felipe II introducción; FelipeII; El Imperio de Felipe II; FelipeII e Isabel I; El Imperio Español; La Armada Invencible.


LA REFORMA RELIGIOSA: La Reforma Protestante; La Reforma -easy-; La Reforma - medium-; La reforma -medium-high-; Anglicanismo; Contrarreforma



LA INGLATERRA DE ISABEL I: La Inglaterra isabelina; Inglaterra y América

  References  for the PPT  presentations  included in the first / last slide.  

Some of the PPT Presentations have been adapted or modified in order to be more suitable for the students I work with. This resources have been used exclusively to teach History developing the History Bilingual Curriculum, not for personal or professional profit.

Martes, 16 Agosto 2011

Subpáginas (2): Age of Discovery Renaissance