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Ch 4: Empire and Expansion in the 18th Century (1700-1799)

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Watch history video lessons and learn about the Peace of Utrecht, the Seven Years' War and more. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Empire and Expansion in the 18th Century (1700-1799) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Instructors in this chapter's video lessons can help you follow the tensions, wars and treaties upsetting and reestablishing the balance of power among nations in Eastern and Western Europe. They also show you how these conflicts played out in the North American colonies and discuss the changes resulting from participation in a growing global economy. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Characterize the 18th century's social and economic conditions
  • Identify significant military conflicts and explain their outcomes in Europe
  • Describe the impact of clashes between European powers on the American colonies

Video Objective
World Economies in the 1700s Provides an overview of the economic conditions in western civilization during the 18th century.
Society and Culture of the 18th Century Gives insight into elite and popular cultures and explores the social consequences of a changing global economy.
The Peace of Utrecht: Definition & Impact Describes how a treaty ending the War of Spanish Succession affected the balance of power in Europe.
The War of Austrian Succession: Summary and Effects on the World Explains how war in Eastern Europe spilled over into the American colonies and weakened France.
The Seven Years' War: History & Impact Depicts a 'world war', known in North America as the French and Indian War, from which Britain emerged as the largest European power.

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