This lesson looks at the history of Medieval Germany (AKA Holy Roman Empire) from the end of Charlemagne's dynasty in 911 to c.1500. During that time, Germany became the most powerful state in Europe and then sisintegrated into feudal anarchy as a result of its strtuggle with the Church. By 1500, it would be fragmented into 300 quasi-independent states, a condition that would make Germany a battleground for centuries, inspire its unification in 1871 through war, which in turn would trigger two world wars and the Cold War. All this, as this lesson explains, largely because Henry III of Germany died before he could pass his throne onto an adult.
This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class.
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