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Ch 42: HiSET: Absolutism in Western Europe (1648-1715)

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This chapter explains absolutism in Western Europe between 1648 and 1715 to help you study for the HiSET Social Studies test. Quick, engaging video lessons can be viewed from any internet device to make study accessible and easy.

HiSET: Absolutism in Western Europe (1648-1715) - Chapter Summary

Absolutism in Western Europe is a topic you can expect to encounter on the HiSET Social Studies test. Use these fun video lessons to get prepared. Chapter topics cover:

  • The Thirty Years' War and Peace of Westphalia
  • Spain's decline and competing powers
  • The rise and Golden Age of the Dutch Republic
  • The English Civil War and Bill of Rights
  • Louis XIV and the expansion of France

Use the lesson quizzes to assess your comprehension of the material. If you have any questions or need additional support, you can ask our instructors for help.

Objectives of the HiSET: Absolutism in Western Europe (1648-1715) Chapter

The HiSET Social Studies test includes fifty multiple-choice questions. A subtest on the HiSET high school equivalency exam, the HiSET Social Studies lasts seventy minutes. History questions account for 38% of your score, and this chapter prepares you for some of the history topics you can expect to encounter while working through the exam. Other content domains are civics and government (38%), economics (18%) and geography (6%).

Mimicking the HiSET exam, the lesson quizzes in this chapter are phrased in multiple-choice format so you can gain real practice before your exam date.

7 Lessons in Chapter 42: HiSET: Absolutism in Western Europe (1648-1715)
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The Thirty Years' War & the Peace of Westphalia: Summary & Significance

1. The Thirty Years' War & the Peace of Westphalia: Summary & Significance

In this lesson we explore the Thirty Years' War and the subsequent Peace of Westphalia. The continental conflict arose out of political and religious issues in the Holy Roman Empire and Europe as a whole, and its conclusion in 1648 changed the face of European politics.

The Decline of Spain & Emergence of Competing Powers

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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 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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