International School History - International Baccalaureate - MYP History

MYP4 Last update - 03 October 2019  
Unit 3 - European Civil Wars - The rise of nation states: how did religious difference lead to wars?
Key Questions, Words and Skills Lesson material Additional materials and external links

Luther, what happened next?

Key concepts: Reformation, structure and agency, martyr.

Key skill: Source analysis, cinematography.


Lesson 1 - Worms


Tristam Hunt's four part BBC documentary series of the revolutionary consequences of the Protestant Reformation.

PBS Empires two part documentary

History Channel documentary 

What happened when Martin Luther's ideas spread across Europe?

Key concepts: Coercion, persuasion and consent, Solo fide, egalitarian, orthodoxy, vernacular, two kingdoms theory, iconoclasm

Key skill: Debatable essay questions.


Lesson 2 - Reform or revolution? Church or state?  
logo Virtual Museum of Protestantism

Introduction to the Reform in the 16th century

Janina Ramirez tells the story of three books that defined this radical religious revolution in England: Tyndale's New Testament, Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer and Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
How did Catholicism fight back? Why was Calvin so important?

Key concepts: Soft Power, Protestant Work Ethic, predestination, Elect and the Reprobate, puritanical, propaganda, inquisition, waterboarding, human rights

Key skill: Comprehension, explanation and Top Trumps playing,



Lesson 3 - Counter-Reformation and Calvin.

PPT from the lesson

As part of our work on the Reformation we will also be visiting the International Museum of the Reformation in Geneva.
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See Crash Course on Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire

More on the Spanish Inquisition in 15 minutes from the University of Texas.

How were nation states formed, why did they go to war against each other and why was this important?

Key concepts: Huguenots, religious toleration, tyrannicide

Key skill: The philosophy of identity, understanding the 30 Years' War!


Lesson 4 - European Civil Wars and the Rise of the Nation State


On the rise of nation states see this excellent short overview by William R. Bowen or this diagrammatically supported account from the Flow of History.

Why did the Dutch (and the British) become so rich in the 17th century? What are some of the inherent problems of capitalism?

Key concepts: Capitalism, Baroque, Scientific Revolution, secular, multinational corporations, shares, monopoly, triangular trade.

Key skill: PESC, cause and consequence.  

Lesson 5 -  Mercantile Capitalism and Slavery

PPT from the lesson

Although not compulsory, I highly recommend the new BBC Civilisations series







The new 2018 BBC Civilisations art history series contains a number of beautiful episodes. This is one of the best and really excellent on the world's first globalisation.






This is a rather beautiful introduction to art in the Dutch Golden Age.

What was the scientific revolution?

Key concepts: deductive and inductive reasoning,

Key skill:  


Lesson 6 - Scientific Enlightenment and Enlightened Despotism.


  Probably the most readable books on the history of the scientific revolution are Dava Sobel's Longitude, the story of John Harrison an English clockmaker who solved the problem of how to measure longitude at sea and Galileo's Daughter which brilliantly captures a relationship and time: plague, Thirty Years' War and the Medicis.

Longitude was also made in to an outstanding TV film.


End of Unit Assessments Assessment 1 - e-Assessment Revision Guide

MYP criteria:
A: Knowing and understanding
C: Communicating
D: Thinking critically



Fling the teacher quiz of 15 key dates from Unit 3


Assessment 2 - Balloon debate on the absolute
 monarchs of the 17th and 18th century.

MYP criteria:
B: Investigating
C: Communicating



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