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Ch 40: CLEP Social Sciences and History: 17th Century Power Shifts in Eastern Europe

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Use our lessons to learn about the rise of Prussia, the westernization of Russia and the partition of Poland. These videos and quizzes will give you a good foundation of the subject.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: 17th Century Power Shifts in Eastern Europe - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Watch these video lessons to learn about the changes in power in Eastern Europe during the 1600s. In this chapter, you will go over:

  • Mid 17th-century empires
  • The Hapsburg monarchy
  • Prussia's creation
  • The westernization of Russia
  • Poland's division

Video Objectives
Old Empires in the Mid-17th Century: History, Timeline & CharacteristicsDiscuss the characteristics of old empires in the mid-17th century, including the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire.
The Rise of Austria & Strengthening of the Hapsburg MonarchyAnalyze the strengthening of the Hapsburgs and Austria's ascent to power.
The Creation of Prussia: History & TimelineDescribe how Prussia was created and became prominent in world affairs.
Peter the Great & the Westernization of Russia: Facts & HistoryStudy Peter the Great and analyze his role in the westernization of Russia.
The Partition of Poland: History, Timeline & CausesExplain how Poland was divided and why.

5 Lessons in Chapter 40: CLEP Social Sciences and History: 17th Century Power Shifts in Eastern Europe
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Old Empires in the Mid-17th Century: History, Timeline & Characteristics

1. 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.

The Rise of Austria & Strengthening of the Hapsburg Monarchy

2. 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

3. 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.

Peter the Great & the Westernization of Russia: Facts & History

4. Peter the Great & the Westernization of Russia: Facts & History

In this lesson, we explore the reign of arguably Russia's greatest monarch, Peter the Great. We'll also look at the westernization of Russian life and government that he implemented.

The Partition of Poland: History, Timeline & Causes

5. The Partition of Poland: History, Timeline & Causes

In this lesson, we explore the 3-part Partition of Poland, where Austria, Russia and Prussia divided Polish territory among themselves in the late 18th century until Poland ceased to exist.

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