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Use online videos to learn about the reasons for, and participants in The Thirty Years War. Use the video subtitles to improve Reading and Literacy skills .... simultaneously!

Use these World History videos entitled The Thirty Years War to study the reasons for The 30 Years War, and participants including the aggressors and the victims of the war.

Use these 2 online educational video titles to explore the 30-year period between 1618 and 1648, when European countries, including Spain, France, Sweden, Bohemia, the Netherlands, and the Holy Roman Empire, were embroiled in a continuous was between Catholics and Protestants. Learn how the war ended the role of religion as a dominant force in Europe and sealed the doom of a feudal past.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the period 1618-1648 in European history, a time when France, the Netherlands, Sweden, the Holy Roman Empire, Germany, and Bohemia were engaged in a continuous thirty-year war that began in Bohemia and spread because of greed and political motives.
  • Explain the roles played by Cardinal Richelieu, Gustavus Adolphus, and Wallenstein.
  • Discuss how the Thirty Years War extinguished the role of religion as a dominant force in European affairs and sealed the doom of feudalism as a socio-political system in Europe.
  • Examine how the outcome of the Thirty Years War affected the participating countries, and discover which country emerged from the war as the most powerful state in Europe.
  • Hear excerpts of songs and dialogue from Mother Courage and Her Children, a chronicle play by the German playwright Bertolt Brecht about this war's devastation.
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