Ch 19: Absolutism & Constitutionalism in Europe

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The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of absolutism and constitutionalism in Europe. A few of the topics covered include the decline of Spain and the rise of competing powers, the rise of the Dutch Republic, and more.

Absolutism & Constitutionalism in Europe - Chapter Summary

Study these engaging video lessons to refresh your knowledge about the reign of King Louis XIV, the longest-reigning king in European history. As you progress through this chapter on absolutism and constitutionalism in Europe, you'll also encounter lessons on the history and limitations of the English monarchy. When you finish the chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the decline of Spain and the emergence of competing powers
  • Describe the timeline and history of the rise of the Dutch Republic and their Golden Age
  • Analyze the causes and effects of the English Civil War
  • Summarize the restoration of a limited monarchy in England
  • Describe the creation of Great Britain and the English Bill of Rights
  • Understand the French expansion under Louis XIV and its conflicts
  • Discuss the War of Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht

You'll find information-packed lessons along with self-assessment quizzes, and you can request help from instructors with any questions that come up. Each video contains tags that you can use to find key points in the lesson. The chapter also offers practice quizzes that help you test your knowledge of some of the significant facts covered in the chapter.

7 Lessons in Chapter 19: Absolutism & Constitutionalism in Europe
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The Decline of Spain & Emergence of Competing Powers

1. 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.

The Rise of the Dutch Republic & Their Golden Age: History & Timeline

2. The Rise of the Dutch Republic & Their Golden Age: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the birth of the Dutch Republic and the Dutch Golden Age which followed. Through innovation and economic success, the Dutch became one of the most powerful nations in seventeenth-century Europe.

The English Civil War: Summary, Causes, Effects & Timeline

3. The English Civil War: Summary, Causes, Effects & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the English Civil War, a conflict that took place in the 1640s between forces loyal to King Charles I and those loyal to Parliament. The conflict arose due to complex political and religious disagreements and culminated in the trial of the king.

The Restoration of a Limited Monarchy in England: Definition & History

4. The Restoration of a Limited Monarchy in England: Definition & History

In this lesson we explore the English Restoration of the monarchy in 1660. Over a decade after Parliament beheaded King Charles I, it restored his son, Charles II, to the English throne, albeit under a new, limited constitutional monarchy.

The Creation of Great Britain & The English Bill of Rights

5. The Creation of Great Britain & The English Bill of Rights

In this lesson we explore the 1688 Glorious Revolution in England, where the Catholic James II was supplanted by Parliament in favor of William and Mary, as well as other important political landmarks of the late Stuart period including the English Bill of Rights and the Act of Union.

French Expansion Under Louis XIV: Conflicts & Overview

6. French Expansion Under Louis XIV: Conflicts & Overview

In this lesson, we explore the initial expansion and eventual reduction of French territory during the reign of Louis XIV of France, and the numerous wars fought and political games played in the process.

The War of Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht

7. The War of Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht

In this lesson we explore the War of the Spanish Succession. With multiple claimants and no clear heir, several nations fought from 1701 to 1714 to decide the Spanish throne and tip the balance of power in Europe in their favor.

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