Events That Changed the World Through the Sixteenth Century

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Except for the twentieth century, the period from the late Middle Ages through the sixteenth century witnessed the most significant developments in the history of the world. From the expulsion of the Muslims from Spain, through the flowering of the Renaissance, the religious strife of the Reformation, and the attempts by great empires to conquer their own continent and expand into the New World, the enormous political, religious, and social change took place on every continent of the globe are examined. These ...

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Overview

Except for the twentieth century, the period from the late Middle Ages through the sixteenth century witnessed the most significant developments in the history of the world. From the expulsion of the Muslims from Spain, through the flowering of the Renaissance, the religious strife of the Reformation, and the attempts by great empires to conquer their own continent and expand into the New World, the enormous political, religious, and social change took place on every continent of the globe are examined. These events and their impact have been carefully described and analyzed in this useful student resource. The events covered are: the Reconquista in Spain, the Renaissance, the Hundred Years' War, the Ming Dynasty Comes to Power, the Age of European Expansion Begins, the Development of Movable Type, the Fall of Constantinople, the Conquest of the New World, the Protestant Reformation, and the Spanish Armada.

An introductory essay provides factual material about the event in a clear, concise, and chronological manner that makes complex history understandable. An interpretive essay, written by a recognized authority in the field, explores the short-term and long-term ramifications of the event. Each chapter concludes with a helpful annotated bibliography of further reading. A glossary, timeline of events, and table of ruling houses and dynasties across the globe provide additional reference value. Events That Changed the World Through the Sixteenth Century is an ideal addition to the high school, community college, and undergraduate reference shelf, as well as excellent supplementary reading for social studies and world history courses.

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Having been subjected to wave after wave of undergraduate students whose knowledge of history is sadly deficient, Thackery and Findling (both history, Indiana U.-Southeast) have conscripted other historians to describe and evaluate ten events that had global impact during the 15th and 16th centuries. Those range from the through the rise of the Ming dynasty, moveable type, and the conquest of the New World to the Spanish Armada. Appended are a glossary without pronunciation, a timeline, and charts of ruling houses and dynasties. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

FRANK W. THACKERAY is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

JOHN E. FINDLING is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

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Table of Contents

Preface

The Reconquista, c.711-1492

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Pamela Beattie

The Renaissance, c. 1300-1630

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Blake Beattie

The Hundred Years' War, 1337-1453

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Daniel Webster Hollis, III

The Ming Dynasty Comes to Power, 1368-1431

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Lung-kee Sun

The Age of European Expansion Begins, c. 1450-c.1525

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Steven E. Siry

The Development of Movable Type, c. 1450

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Alison Gulley

The Fall of Constantinople, 1453

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by John K. Cox

The Conquest of the New World, 1492-c. 1550

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Clifford Staten

The Protestant Reformation, c. 1517-1648

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Ineke Justiz

The Spanish Armada

Introduction

Interpretive Essay by Connie S. Evans

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Timeline

Appendix C: Ruling Houses and Dynasties

Index

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