Ch 3: 17th & 18th Century Political Developments

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With the lessons in this chapter, learn about political developments that occurred during the 17th and 18th centuries. You'll learn about the formation and decline of major empires and dynasties around the world.

17th & 18th Century Political Developments - Chapter Summary

The 17th and 18th centuries included a great deal of political change around the world. Large monarchies and empires were common during this time period, but toward the end of the 18th century, political trends began to shift. The lessons in this chapter will delve into the major global political players during this time period and explore various empires, nations, and dynasties. By the end of this chapter, you'll have examined:

  • European dominance during the first Global Age
  • The decline of Spain
  • Characteristics of old empires of the mid-1600s
  • Examples of absolute monarchies
  • The unification of Japan
  • European powers in the 1700s
  • The decline of Muslim empires
  • The Ming & Qing dynasties in China

To keep the learning experience enjoyable as well as effective, our expert instructors have created engaging video and text lessons. The lessons have been developed to relay the material in a manner that's easy to comprehend and retain. The video lessons are 5-10 minutes in length, and include a clickable timeline you can use to navigate the video and easily review certain portions of the lesson. Video transcripts are available to help you identify important concepts to remember. After each lesson, take a quick self-assessment quiz to test your knowledge of the topics. When you're finished the chapter, take a cumulative exam to see how well you've absorbed the material.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: 17th & 18th Century Political Developments
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Foundations of European Dominance in the First Global Age

1. Foundations of European Dominance in the First Global Age

In this lesson, we will examine the factors that contributed to European dominance in the First Global Age. We will identify and analyze the characteristics and components that allowed European culture to spread throughout the world.

The Decline of Spain & Emergence of Competing Powers

2. The Decline of Spain & Emergence of Competing Powers

In this lesson, we explore the changing geopolitical situation in seventeenth-century Europe. As Spain's power lessened, other powers such as France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands vied to replace Spain as the preeminent power of Europe.

Old Empires in the Mid-17th Century: History, Timeline & Characteristics

3. Old Empires in the Mid-17th Century: History, Timeline & Characteristics

In this lesson, we discuss the old empires of Central and Eastern Europe in the 17th century: Poland, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. In discussing the Holy Roman Empire's decline, we also preview the two states that filled the power vacuum its failure created.

Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

4. Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

During the 17th century, Europe experienced economics crises, religious wars, and civil unrest. Absolute monarchy was but one response to the search for a more ordered society. In this lesson, learn the definition, characteristics and prime historic examples of absolutism.

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

5. 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.

Decline of the Muslim Empires: Ottomans, Safavids & Mughals

6. Decline of the Muslim Empires: Ottomans, Safavids & Mughals

During the 15th and 16th centuries, the most powerful countries in the world weren't in Europe or East Asia, but in the Islamic World. This lesson explains how they went from greatness to ruin.

Unification of Japan & the Tokugawa Rule (1551-1868)

7. Unification of Japan & the Tokugawa Rule (1551-1868)

From a society that the Chinese called 'barbaric' to American gunboats in Tokyo Bay, Japan experienced a great deal of change in three centuries. Center to much of that change was the Tokugawa Shogunate.

China During the Ming & Qing Dynasties (1368-1911)

8. China During the Ming & Qing Dynasties (1368-1911)

The last two dynasties in Chinese history were the Ming and the Qing. Although quite different, they faced many of the same issues, and often the Qing copied the Ming, even in their mistakes.

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