Europe: History and Its Influence: 17th to the 19th Centuries


World Cultures Europe Europe: History and Its Influence: 17th to the 19th Centuries
Students are introduced to the many changes of this era by considering the shift in thinking about a Sun-centric view of the universe. Then they explore three "revolutions" of this era—the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and the Industrial Revolution. Finally, students write a paragraph that describes the revolutionary nature of these three eras and explains their influence on the lives of Europeans.

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In this experience, students are introduced to the many changes of this era by considering the shift in thinking about a Sun-centric view of the universe. Then they explore three “revolutions” of this era—the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and the Industrial Revolution. Finally, students write a paragraph that describes the revolutionary nature of these three eras and explains their influence on the lives of Europeans.

This experience has a significant amount of historical information about Europe in the 17th through 19th centuries. You may choose to teach the experience over several days. A culminating activity could be to have students create one timeline for all the eras represented in this time period.

Objectives:

  • Identify key figures and features of the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and French Revolution, and the Industrial Revolution.
  • Describe the impact of the revolutions of the 1600s-1800s on European societies.


Can you think of a type of revolution that doesn’t necessarily involve battles or weapons? A revolution can refer to a big change in the way society thinks about itself and its structure. In this experience, you are going to learn about some important changes in the 1600-1800s in Europe.

Objectives:

  • Identify key figures and features of the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and French Revolution, and the Industrial Revolution.
  • Describe the impact of the revolutions of the 1600s-1800s on European societies.




In a word or short phrase, describe what you see in this image.

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Discuss the different elements students notice. Then be sure that they understand that the overall image is the solar system. Remind students that the reason it is called the solar system is because the system revolves around the Sun. The word “solar” means “related to the Sun.”


We take for granted that Earth revolves around the Sun, but that has not always been the human understanding of how the planets work. Once upon a time, humans believed that the Sun revolved around Earth. During an era called the Scientific Revolution, new scientific knowledge revealed a different truth.

In this experience, you are going to explore some of the significant changes in thinking that took place during the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s in Europe.


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