Map Exercise 6: Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century Europe    (This exercise includes 5 maps)

Inexplicable plague, economic slump, civil wars and popular rebellions, heretics and heresies, schism within the Church, religious wars, and warfare between states -- these are the hallmarks of the tumultuous years of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. After facing serious threats from barbarian invasions, Europe entered a period of recovery, a recovery shattered by four years of plague and quick death. The psychological damage was immense as European men and women saw friends and family succumb to a terrible plague. Europe did recover but that recovery was fraught with difficulty, mainly religious in inspiration, but political and economic in results. And the age itself became defined by lengthy wars between the English and the French. You should consider the following general questions as you go through this exercise.

  • Why might one correctly assume that medieval men and women were prepared to die at the hands of the plague?
  • Did the Hundred Years' War result from the existence of feudalism or its breakdown?
  • Why did Russia consider itself to be the "Third Rome"?
  • How did the rise of printing speed up the forces of change in the medieval world?
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