Unit 2: Rise and Fall of Nations
Section 11: The Opening of the
Section 12: The Commercial Revolution
Section 13: Changing Social Structures
Section 14: The Crusades of Catholic
Section 15: The Disintegration and Reconstruction of
Section 16: The Thirty Years’ War and the Disintegration of
This Unit covers most of the major political and economic developments of the 16th and the first half of the 17th centuries. Here is a list of prompts for you to choose from:
1. Gold, God or Glory: What was the most important or the most consequential European motivation in the
2. Adam Smith's writings are very critical of 18th century mercantilism. How does the system measure up in its early days? This prompt requires you to evaluate government involvement in the economy in the 16th century.
3. What would it have taken for
This is a less boring version of the standard question: “How do you account for the decline and collapse of the Spanish economy while the Dutch and English economies prospered?”
4. Why was
5. Are there recurring patterns in the rise and decline in world powers?