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Ch 43: HiSET: Power Shifts in Eastern Europe (1648-1740)

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This chapter reviews Eastern European history between 1648 and 1740 to help you study for the HiSET Social Studies exam. Quick, entertaining video lessons provide an engaging way to make test preparation fast and fun.

HiSET: Power Shifts in Eastern Europe (1648-1740) - Chapter Summary

Questions about history account for nearly two-fifths of your HiSET Social Studies score. Get prepared by using these fun video lessons to review the Eastern European history topics you might encounter on the exam. As you work through this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Mid-seventeenth century empires
  • Austria and the Hapsburg Monarchy
  • The creation of Prussia
  • Russian westernization under Peter the Great
  • The partition of Poland

Use the quiz after each lesson to assess your understanding of the material and practice using the knowledge you've gained. If you need further review, use the video tags to jump back to main points in the videos.

Objectives of the HiSET: Power Shifts in Eastern Europe (1648-1740) Chapter

The HiSET Social Studies is one of five subtests on the HiSET, which is a high school equivalency exam used by some states. Questions about history determine 38% of your HiSET Social Studies test score. Get prepared by using this chapter to review Eastern European history between 1648 and 1740. Civics and government questions determine another 38% of your score, economics questions determine 18%, and geography questions determine 6%. There are fifty questions in total, and you are given seventy minutes to answer them all.

The questions on the HiSET exams are submitted in multiple-choice format. The quizzes in this chapter are also styled in this manner. Use them to practice answering HiSET-style questions before your actual test date.

5 Lessons in Chapter 43: HiSET: Power Shifts in Eastern Europe (1648-1740)
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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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