2014/2015 Summer Assignment

2014/2015 Summer Assignment 


The summer assignment for the 2014-2015 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 establish a foundation from which we can begin exploring 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 2014-2015 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 hand-written in a notebook dedicated solely to this course. There will be sporadic notebook checks and reading quizzes throughout the year to make sure you are keeping up with the reading.  

Throughout the year you will be directed to this site for lecture notes, assignments, readings, announcements, etc. so you should bookmark it, and take a few minutes to browse through it.

Part 1: Critical Book Review

       1. Purchase and read Richard Wunderli’s Peasant Fires: The Drummer of Niklashausen. (full citation information can be found on the course syllabus, or the course website

      2.  Write a Critical Book Review of Wunderli’s text. Specific directions can be found here.

Part 2: Text Reading/Outline

  1. Read & outline Chapter 12, "The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages", in A History of Western Society Since 1300.
  2. Notes are to be hand written. As with each chapter, you have been provided with “guiding questions” to consider as you read. These should be the focus of your note-taking.
  3. 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 3: European Geography

1.     Complete the three maps below, and commit these locations to memory. There will be a geography quiz within the first week of class. 

Map #1: Major Cities and Sovereignties(1500)

Sovereignties: Denmark, England, France, The Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania,  Norway, the Ottoman Empire, the Papal States, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, the Venetian Republic, Scotland, Spain

Cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Constantinople, Florence, Kiev, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, Vatican City, Venice, Warsaw
Map #2: Rivers and Bodies of Water

Rivers: Danube, Elbe, Po, Rhine, Seine, Thames, Tiber, Volga

Bodies of Water: Adriatic Seas, Aegean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, English Channel, Ionian Sea, Irish Sea, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea

Map #3: Mountains and Physical Features

Mountains: Alps, Apennines, Carpathian, Caucasus, Pyrenees, Ural

Physical Features: Balkan Peninsula, Iberian Peninsula, Jutland Peninsula, the Low Countries, the Northern European Plain, Scandinavian Plain, the Rhineland