In this lesson, we will learn about some of the big ideas which people were getting excited about in the eighteenth century. Some of these ideas were so powerful, they went on to help cause revolutions.
Unit Overview: Did the Enlightenment fuel the American Revolution?
For next step we recommend the unit: Who lived in 'British' America?.
In this lesson, we will find out about what it was like to live in a time with so many new and exciting ideas. Questions we will try to answer include: how were these ideas spread? Which groups of people were affected by the ideas? This lesson focuses on what was happening in eighteenth century Paris as it was the centre of Enlightenment thought at the time.
In this lesson, we will start to learn how the Enlightenment ideas we learnt about in the previous lessons started to cause revolutions in distant parts of the world. This lesson will give us some background about the Americas.
In this lesson, we will learn about the start of the American Revolution. This involved war breaking out between the American colonists and the British government.
In this lesson, we will learn about how the 13 Colonies were able to defeat the British government and its powerful navy and professional army. We will find out about how a new country was created with a completely new type of government. By the end of the lesson we will be able to decide whether or not America experienced a revolution.
In this lesson, will look at one of the most famous documents in history: the American Declaration of Independence. It was created during the American Revolutionary War and then shaped the country that was created. We are going to read the document to help decide for ourselves whether the Enlightenment fueled the American Revolution.
Units in History
- How "dark" were the Dark Ages?
- Why has Alfred been called "Alfred the Great"?
- How powerful was the Pope?
- How did a Norman become King of England?
- How much did England change during the Norman Conquest?
- Which sources reveal the most about medieval peasants?
- How was Baghdad connected to the wider world?
- Why did Europeans join the Crusades?
- Who lived in Crusader states?
- What can the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine tell us about who held power in the Middle Ages?
- Why did Kings struggle to rule England?
- How did the Mongols create a world Empire?
- How far did the Black Death change the medieval World?
- How big a threat was the Peasants' Revolt to the power of monarchs
- What can we learn about the medieval World from the book of Margery Kempe?
- What does the life of Mansa Musa reveal about medieval Mali?
- Who held power in medieval towns?
- How far did fear allow the Aztecs to control an Empire?
- Why have historians described 1492 as a turning point in world history?
- What was Luther trying to achieve?
- Why did Henry VIII make the break with Rome?
- In what ways did the Reformation matter to ordinary people?
- Why was the world opening up to Elizabeth I and her people?
- Why did the Civil War break out in 1642?
- In what ways was Britain turned upside down in the seventeenth century?
- How revolutionary was the Glorious Revolution?
- Who lived in 'British' America?
- Did the Enlightenment fuel the American Revolution?
- How Enlightened was the French Revolution?
- What did the French Revolution mean to Britons?
- How successful were efforts to abolish slavery in the nineteenth century?
- How far did working conditions improve over the nineteenth century?
- Why are different stories told about Britain's journey to democracy?
- Why does it matter what we call the 1857 conflict in India?
- What did British colonialism look like in the nineteenth century?
- How do we uncover the lived experience of those ruled by Empire in Africa?
- Did tensions over Africa make a European war more likely?
- How far did the assassination cause the First World War?
- What do the stories of the 'often forgotten armies' reveal about the Western Front?
- Why did WWI end in November 1918?
- What kind of peace was made in 1919?
- What were the Bolsheviks trying to achieve?
- Why did fascists gain support?
- How were people controlled in totalitarian states?
- Why did the League of Nations fail?
- When was the turning point during the Second World War?
- What was the holocaust?
- How did Jewish people resist during the holocaust?
- How did India achieve independence in 1947?
- What kind of stories can be told about the sixties?
- Who 'decolonised' in the twentieth century?