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

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By the late 18th century, _____ was battling North American colonists in the American Revolution.

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1. Why did France's king Louis XIV support Philip, Duke of Anjou, in the War of Spanish Succession?

2. All of the following statements refer to the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

18th-century Europe was a tangled morass of constantly changing alliances that manifested itself in a series of conflicts. This quiz and worksheet can help you identify the nature of the belligerents and learn the outcomes of their actions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Reign of the Hohenzollern family
  • Purpose of the War of Spanish Succession
  • Function of the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle
  • Aspects of the Seven Years' War
  • Result of the 1763 Treaty of Paris

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about 18th-century alliances and conflicts in Europe
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the international events in Europe during the 18th century
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the main phrases, such as the Seven Years' War and the War of Spanish Succession.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the outcomes of the various treaties

Additional Learning

To learn more about the complexities of European international relationships in the 1700s, explore the accompanying lesson called European Powers in the 18th Century: Alliance, Wars & the Balance of Power. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Name the four major players in the ongoing struggles for dominance
  • Explain why the death of Charles II predicated the War of Spanish Succession
  • Illustrate to where the four belligerents had turned their attention as the 18th century drew to a close
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