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Ch 1: Lesson Plans for Absolutism in Western Europe

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The Absolutism in Western Europe chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the wars and international conflicts that characterized Western Europe from 1648-1715 in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Absolutism in Western Europe chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The Thirty Years' War The Thirty Years' War, the Peace of Westphalia
Tuesday Competing Western European Nations Spain's decline, the ascendance of the Netherlands and the Golden Age of the Dutch, England, France
Wednesday Great Britain The English Civil War, limited monarchy, the parliamentary system, the English Bill of Rights
Thursday France Louis XIV (The Sun King) and his effect on European culture, France's international conflicts in pursuit of expansion
Friday Spain The War of Spanish Succession, the Treaty of Utrecht, the rise of England

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Lesson Plans for Absolutism in Western Europe
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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 Reign of Louis XIV in France: Accomplishments & Influence

7. 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.

French Expansion Under Louis XIV: Conflicts & Overview

8. French Expansion Under Louis XIV: Conflicts & Overview

In this lesson, we explore the initial expansion and eventual reduction of French territory during the reign of Louis XIV of France, and the numerous wars fought and political games played in the process.

The War of Spanish Succession and the Treaty of Utrecht

9. 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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