One of the main themes I follow in my modern history course is the development of the modern state. This presentation starts with a look at the emergence of national monarchies in France, England and Spain, then looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the new nation states, and finishes with the diplomatic revolution that came about in relations between these states.
Special features include a extensive picture essays on Renaissance warfare and the Italian Wars along with picture essays on physiognomy, local politics, the slowness of communications in the Renaissance, Richard III's reputation, and a graphic illustration of how kings dug themselves deeper and deeper into debt from irresponsible spending. This feature is also very useful for teaching students about credit card debt.
Parts of 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. The reading is embedded in the notes section of the first slide.
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