Ch 21: Absolutism & Constitutionalism in Western Europe

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Study this chapter when you're ready to learn about absolutism and constitutionalism in Western Europe. These lessons will focus on events in Spain, the Netherlands, England and France.

Absolutism & Constitutionalism in Western Europe - Chapter Summary

Build your understanding of the history of absolutism and constitutionalism in Western Europe with this chapter. You'll study the political actions of various countries and see how they differed. Our lessons give you the chance to learn about:

  • How various powers were influenced by the decline of Spain
  • The timeline of the Dutch Republic
  • Limited monarchy in England, the formation of Great Britain and the English Bill of Rights
  • Accomplishments of Louis XIV
  • Effects of the War of Spanish Succession

You can view these lessons and read the transcripts to explore these theories. We offer self-assessments quizzes for you to complete after each lesson, allowing you to measure your understanding of how absolutism and constitutionalism were applied in Western Europe. The quizzes link back to the lessons so that you can review any facts you may have missed initially.

6 Lessons in Chapter 21: Absolutism & Constitutionalism in Western 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 Restoration of a Limited Monarchy in England: Definition & History

3. 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

4. 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.

The Reign of Louis XIV in France: Accomplishments & Influence

5. The Reign of Louis XIV in France: Accomplishments & Influence

In this lesson, we explore the reign of Louis XIV in France. Domestically, Louis revolutionized numerous facets of French government and administration over his 72-year reign.

The War of Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht

6. 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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