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Ch 10: AP European History: 18th Century Powers

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Watch video lessons and learn about the major powers in Europe during the 18th century, including their alliances and conflicts. These lessons are part of our AP European History course.

18th-Century Powers - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The lessons in this chapter look at the major European powers of the 18th century and their conflicts and alliances. Our instructor will explain the rise of the Romanov dynasty in Russia and its impact on the European political structure. We'll look at France and its various wars as well as learn about Great Britain and its influence over the Continent. After reviewing these lessons and quizzes, you should be familiar with:

  • The increasing importance of Russia during the 1700s
  • Prussia and Austria and their role in 18th-century Europe
  • Causes and outcome of The Seven Years' War
  • French rulers during this period
  • The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Video Objectives
European Powers in the 18th Century: Alliances, Wars and the Balance of Power In this lesson, we'll examine the balance of power in Europe in the 1700s and look at the forces that created this scenario.
Russian Czars During the Reformation: Michael Romanov and Peter the Great The next lesson explores the Westernization of Russia during the reigns of the first Romanov czars. We'll especially look at Peter the Great and how he led his country to become a principal player on the European stage.
18th Century Powers: Prussia and Austria In this lesson, we'll examine the roles these countries played in 18th-century European power struggles.
The Seven Years' War: History and Impact This far-reaching series of conflicts had a major influence on European history and power, and we'll get a handle on all the participants and the various wars involved.
18th Century Powers: Great Britain Here, we'll look at the wins and losses for Great Britain during this century, including the American Revolution.
18th Century Powers: France and Louis XIV, XV and XVI This lesson will take us from the height of French power under Louis XIV, the Sun King, to the bloody revolution that overthrew his great-grandson, Louis XVI, by the end of the century.
18th-Century Powers: Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth This lesson will examine the events that led to the formation of this state and its demise. We'll also look at the type of government it had and its influence, both at the time and on future events.

7 Lessons in Chapter 10: AP European History: 18th Century Powers
European Powers in the 18th Century: Alliances, Wars & the Balance of Power

1. European Powers in the 18th Century: Alliances, Wars & the Balance of Power

This lesson will provide an overview of the major alliances and wars of 18th century Europe. We will meet the major players, explore their conflicts, and examine the delicate balance of power that was always in danger of falling apart.

Russian Czars During the Reformation: Michael Romanov and Peter the Great

2. Russian Czars During the Reformation: Michael Romanov and Peter the Great

In this lesson, we explore the rule of two Russian czars during the Reformation period, Michael Romanov and Peter the Great, both of whom spent their childhoods in exile before ruling Europe's largest country.

18th Century Powers: Prussia and Austria

3. 18th Century Powers: Prussia and Austria

In this lesson, we will examine Prussia and Austria in the 18th century. We will study their development, learn about the conflicts between them and see how their monarchs tried to reform their governments and societies.

The Seven Years' War: History & Impact

4. The Seven Years' War: History & Impact

In this lesson we explore the Seven Years' War, a global conflict that was fought in central Europe and in North America, which had important financial and territorial ramifications for its participants.

18th Century Powers: Great Britain

5. 18th Century Powers: Great Britain

In this lesson, we will study Great Britain in the 18th century. We will explore the monarchs of the era, the country's major political and economic developments, and Britain's participation in the century's wars.

18th Century Powers: France and Louis XIV, XV, and XVI

6. 18th Century Powers: France and Louis XIV, XV, and XVI

In this lesson, we will study the triumphs and trials of France in the 18th century. We will especially focus on the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI.

18th Century Powers: Poland & the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

7. 18th Century Powers: Poland & the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

In this lesson, we will study Poland in the 18th century. We will take a close look at the inner workings of the country, the external influences that affected it, and the partitions that finally wiped Poland off the map.

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