Ch 34: CLEP Social Sciences and History: Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe

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Learn about the events of famous wars and revolutions of the 1600s and 1700s when you watch the online video lessons in the Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe chapter. You'll find opportunities to study explore the development of the English Bill of Rights as well as the start of the Dutch Golden Age. Take the self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Watching the online video lessons in this Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe chapter will expand your knowledge of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the reign of King Charles the I. You'll examine the economic expansion of the Dutch Republic as well as the corrupt kings and economic concerns of Spain in the 1600s and 1700s. When you finish watching the lessons, you should know more about the:

  • Events that led up to the English Civil War
  • Conflicts of the War of Spanish Succession
  • Reasons for the Bohemian revolt

Video Objective
The Thirty Years' War & the Peace of Westphalia: Summary & Significance Read about Denmark's invasion of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Decline of Spain & Emergence of Competing Powers: History & Quiz Explore the emergence of the Netherlands, Great Britain and France as Europe's dominant powers.
The Rise of the Dutch Republic & Their Golden Age: History & Timeline Discover how the Dutch gained their independence from Hapsburg Spain.
The English Civil War: Summary, Causes, Effects & Timeline Examine the political and religious factors that contributed to the English Civil War.
The Restoration of a Limited Monarchy in England: Definition & History Discuss the English Restoration of 1660 and the limitations of the monarchy.
The Creation of Great Britain & the English Bill of Rights Learn about the Act of Union and the supplantation of Catholic James II.
Louis XIV's Reign & the French Expansion Examine the reforms of Louis XIV as well as the northward and eastward expansion of France.
The War of Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht Read about the power struggles that erupted as a result of the death of King Charles II of Spain.

5 Lessons in Chapter 34: CLEP Social Sciences and History: Absolutism and 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 English Civil War: Summary, Causes, Effects & Timeline

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

3. 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.

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 War of Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht

5. 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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