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eCore Modern Western Civilization (HIST 1063): Unit 1: Birth of the Modern Era

This guide contains supplemental resources to accompany the course History 1063: Modern Western Civilization.

Unit 1

This part of the course covers the following:

  • The Renaissance 
  • The Protestant Reformation and Religious Wars
  • The Spanish Inquisition
  • The emergence of European nation-states


Library Books

The Reformation Experience
The Origins of the Inquisition
The Dutch and English East India Companies
Baroque Art
What Galileo Saw

Unit 1 Paper: Renaissance Thinkers

For this paper. you will explore the life of a historical figure. Here's a good place to begin: 

  • Visit, under Find, click Articles and Databases.
  • Find Biography – Gale in Context in the alphabetic list of databases.
  • This database contains information about thousands of notable people. Scroll down the page to see people grouped into browsable topics, or use the browse people button at the top of the page to see the full list.
  • If you have a specific person in mind, use the search box at the top.
  • Each entry for a person includes a large variety of biographical resources and links to information about other similar figures.  

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