The summer assignment for the 2013-2014 AP European History course is designed to prepare you for the rigors of the upcoming year, and acclimate you to the expectations of the course. Our analysis of European history will begin with the Crisis of the 14th century, and the resulting period of cultural upheaval known as the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation. The following assignment will take you through the major political, religious, cultural, and technological developments of this remarkable 300 year period.
Complete the following 3 part assignment in time for the first day of the 2013-2014 academic year. Take note that these assignments will account for a large portion of your first marking period grade. Failing to do so will place you in a perilous spot to start the year, and will make it very difficult to keep up as we “hit the ground running” in August.
**As will be expected throughout the year, all chapter outlines will be collected in a notebook dedicated solely to this course. Your reading question for Rice & Grafton’s The Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460-1559 may be typed or hand written.
Part 1: Text Reading/Outline
- Read & outline Chapter 12, "The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages", in A History of Western Society Since 1300.
- Outline should be the first notes in your AP European History notebook. You will be tested on this material within the first week of class.
Part 2: Historical Scholarship Reading/Questions
1. Purchase and read Rice& Grafton’s The Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460-1559.
2. As you read, answer the reading questions linked below. These may be typed or hand written. Some of the questions require very simple answers, while others require further analysis. There is no length requirement for each question. This will be weighted as TWO EXAM grades. (see the course syllabus, or website for a detailed breakdown of grading procedures)
Part 3: European Geography
1. Place the following locations on the attached map. It is extremely important that you approach this course with a detailed knowledge of European geography, and therefore will need to have these locations committed to memory. You will be quizzed on this material within the first week of class.