100 years warWhat would be a good start to write an essay about the Hundred Year's War by focusing on the new attitudes, ideas and practices this comflict represented?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think it is important to establish some background, since you are talking about attitudes.  England and France seemed to constantly be fighting and making up, back and forth for years like a bitter old married couple. I think that should be included.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would focus on some of the changes associated with the conflict. One example might be the rise of nationalism, and really the nation-state, in both England and France. Another might be the changes in military technology and tactics. The use of longbows and gunpowder, for example, limited the effectiveness of heavy cavalry, which in turn helped to weaken the old feudal order, since men on horseback tended to be nobility. The conflict also caused, and witnessed major demographic change in France due to deaths from war, disease, and famine. The Hundred Years War coincided with the Black Death and a series of crop failures.