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Renaissance and Exploration

This unit focuses on the concept that the balance of global power was shifting as explorers from Spain, Portugal, Italy and England began to connect the world's continents for the first time.
  • An understanding of the increasing global connections of communities at great geographical distances is seen through advances in navigation.
  • The wealth and influence of Europe's fragmented kingdoms will be understood through the study of written and visual sources and film footage.
  • Individual investigations into the outcomes of patronage (resulting from this new-found wealth) of the arts and sciences of literature and culture will develop research and analytical skills.
  • Humanism will be explored as a consequence of the fact that, as men became less dependent on the power of the Church, they developed their own ideas about the universe, about medicine and science through first hand observation and study.
  • An understanding of the emergence of the world's first global economy will be seen through currency being exchanged from the New World of the Americas to Japan.
  • The emergence of multinational conglomerations transporting goods from the Far East to European markets, where different cultures were brought into contact for the first time, will be seen to have varying results.

The Renaissance: Was it a Thing? - Crash Course World History #2

The Renaissance

Uploaded on Feb 2, 2015
Vídeo about Renaissance paintings
Part of the UC3Mx: CEH.1-ENx Explaining European Paintings, 1400 to 1800 MOOC

Wealth (Resource Acquisition)

This unit introduces the basic economic problem - unlimited human wants and scarce resources.
  • Students examine how economists categorise resources into different groups.
  • There is discussion of the premise that many events/changes/themes throughout human history have arisen due to humans' desire to acquire resources.
  • An investigation into the triangular trade route and the development of slavery will take place, along with the resultant effects of European Colonization (case study of the Congo Free State).
  • Finally, a contrast of the treatment of labour as a resource with the aims of the modern Fair Trade movement will be explored.


Colonialism from 1492 - 2008. Read a commentary for this gif at

BBC Radio 4 In Our Time The Dutch East India Company.jpegClick the link, or download the podcast to listen to this BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time, a discussion about the Dutch East India Company: "Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC, known in English as the Dutch East India Company. The VOC dominated the spice trade between Asia and Europe for two hundred years, with the British East India Company a distant second. At its peak, the VOC had a virtual monopoly on nutmeg, mace, cloves and cinnamon, displacing the Portuguese and excluding the British, and were the only European traders allowed access to Japan."; about how mapping, wealth, resources, and exploration combined.