Unit 21: European Rivalry

Frederick the Great as Crown Prince

Unit 21 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Reformation and Revolutions
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
Civilization
English and American
Literature
A Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens

Frederick Avoiding CaptureUnit Description

“The period between the death of Louis XIV and the outbreak of the French Revolution (in 1789) was one of almost constant warfare between the Powers of Europe. At first glance the wars seem a mere continuation of the dreary struggles of the preceding period, caused by the period desire of certain states to increase their territories, and of others to maintain the Balance of Power. France continued to decline in power, and Prussia and Russia to rise in the European scale. One great European state, Poland, totally disappeared as a result of the unscrupulous attacks of its neighbors. But the area of the struggles was now widened…”
“We must now consider more in detail the struggles of England and France in this period, amid which was founded the British Empire…”
– Samuel Bannister Harding

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • History is HIS Story – God’s story of love, mercy, and redemption through Christ.
    • He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. — Ephesians 1‍:‍9-10
  • God raises up and removes leaders.
    • He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning..- Daniel 2:21

Unit 21 Resources: High School

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Lesson 1: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions, then read the article: European Rivalries, Part I, pages 5-10.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • Were the European wars of the middle of the eighteenth century more or less important than the religious wars of the sixteenth and seventeenth century? Why?
  • Was the treatment of young Frederick the Great by his father wise or unwise? Why?
  • What qualities of greatness did Maria Theresa show? 4. What qualities of greatness did Frederick show as a general? In the administration of his kingdom?
Lesson 2: History

Lesson Two Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions, then read the article: European Rivalries, Part II, pages 12-18.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson Two Discussion Questions:

  • Of what value was the acquisition of supremacy in India to Great Britain?
  • Which was more important to England, the loss of the American colonies or the acquisition of Australia?
  • With whom should the chief blame for the loss of Poland’s independence be placed?
  • What restrains the great powers of Europe today from partitioning weaker countries?
Literature

Literature Assignments

  • Read the assignment background information on Setting, then read “Book the Second,” Chapters 14 – 24, of A Tale of Two Cities.
  • On the back of the character cards you made in the last unit,
    • Describe the setting in which the characters live or work.
    • Explain what the setting reveals about the character.