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Ch 17: Chapter 17: The Age of Absolutism (1550 - 1800)

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This chapter of the Prentice Hall World History Connections to Today Volume 1 companion course covers all of the information in The Age of Absolutism chapter of the textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about advances in warfare, changes to systems of monarchy, and the Era of Enlightenment.

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Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the world history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • The 80 Years' War
  • The major battles and the history of the Spanish Armada
  • French Royal Absolutism and the monarchial power of Louis XIV
  • The expansion of France during Louis XIV's reign
  • The start of Enlightenment and the 30 Years' War
  • The causes and an overview of the English Civil War
  • England's monarchy restored with limited powers and titles
  • The English Bill of Rights and the rise of Great Britain
  • The rise of the Hapsburg monarchy in Austria
  • Prussia's history and creation
  • A description and examples of absolute monarchy
  • The goals and reform strategies of Russian enlightened despots

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13 Lessons in Chapter 17: Chapter 17: The Age of Absolutism (1550 - 1800)
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The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada

1. The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada

This lesson will explain the relationship between the 80 Years' War and the Spanish Armada. It will focus on the Netherlands' struggle for independence from Spain while also describing the role England played in the conflict.

The Spanish Armada: History and Major Battles

2. The Spanish Armada: History and Major Battles

In this lesson, we will study the famous Spanish Armada and its attempt to invade England in 1588. We will discuss the Armada's background, preparation, voyage, and ultimate fate.

Royal Absolutism in France: Monarchical Power & Louis XIV

3. Royal Absolutism in France: Monarchical Power & Louis XIV

In this lesson, we will study France's absolute monarchy. We will learn its characteristics, examine its rise, and meet Louis XIV, the 'Sun King,' who brought royal absolutism to its height.

Louis XIV's Reign & the French Expansion

4. Louis XIV's Reign & the French Expansion

In this lesson, we explore Louis XIV's long reign in France, his style of personal rule, his vanity, and the wars he fought to expand French territory and influence in Europe.

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 30 Years' War & the Birth of the Enlightenment

6. The 30 Years' War & the Birth of the Enlightenment

In this lesson, we will examine the consequences of the Thirty Years' War, as well as the birth of the Enlightenment. We will place these events in historical context and show their lasting impact.

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 Rise of Austria & Strengthening of the Hapsburg Monarchy

10. The Rise of Austria & Strengthening of the Hapsburg Monarchy

In this lesson, we explore the rise of the Austrian state in the second half of the 17th and first half of the 18th centuries. Austrian expansion and government centralization turned it into one of Europe's foremost powers by 1740.

The Creation of Prussia: History & Timeline

11. The Creation of Prussia: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the creation and rise of the Prussian state during the 17th and early 18th centuries. The keen reforms of the Hohenzollern rulers built Prussia into a fearsome state; one that would later form the backbone of modern Germany.

Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

12. 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.

Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals

13. Enlightened Despots in Russia: Reforms & Goals

In this lesson, we explore the term enlightened despotism and the two rulers that most closely resemble enlightened despots in eighteenth-century Russia, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

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