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Major Political Developments from 1350-1871 - Chapter Summary
These lessons on major political developments from 1350-1871 will provide information about the timelines of Germany's and Italy's unification, respectively. You can also gain clarity about the Napoleonic age and nationalism during the French Revolution. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain what caused the decline of the Ottoman Empire
- Discuss the history of the Ming and Qing dynasties
- Provide examples of absolutism in Europe during the 17th century
- Define radicalism, republicanism, and liberalism
- Discuss the growth of nationalism during the French Revolution
- Recall accomplishments of the Meiji Restoration
- Explain why Austria was excluded by Prussia and other German states from the new German Confederation
- Recount reforms of Tsar Alexander II in Russia during the 19th century
Rely on our instructors to help increase your knowledge of major political developments from 1350-1871 through this interesting and engaging chapter. Test your understanding with a multiple-choice quiz once you finish a lesson. The chapter includes transcripts that you can print and use to study.
1. The Ottoman Empire
This lesson will be a brief survey of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight the ghazis, Osman, and Suleiman. It will also highlight the decline of the empire due to its involvement with Russia and the other powers of Europe.
2. China During the Ming & Qing Dynasties (1368-1911)
The last two dynasties in Chinese history were the Ming and the Qing. Although quite different, they faced many of the same issues, and often the Qing copied the Ming, even in their mistakes.
3. Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
During the 17th century, Europe experienced economics crises, religious wars, and civil unrest. Absolute monarchy was but one response to the search for a more ordered society. In this lesson, learn the definition, characteristics and prime historic examples of absolutism.
4. Liberalism, Radicalism, and Republicanism in the 1800s
This lesson will define and explain the political ideologies of the 19th century, specifically radicalism, republicanism, and liberalism. In doing so, it will highlight their beliefs in the right to vote, freedom from religion, separation of church from state, and laissez-faire economics.
5. Nationalism Grows in Europe: Timeline, Events & Impact
In this lesson, we will study the growth of nationalism that took place during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic age. We will begin by defining nationalism and then explore how it developed in these critical eras.
6. Meiji Restoration: Causes & Effects
The Meiji Restoration transformed Japan into something new: a modern nation-state. We'll look closely at the causes, the major accomplishments, and the effects of the Meiji Restoration.
7. The Unification of Germany: Summary, Timeline & Events
In this lesson, we explore the unification of Germany in the 1860s and 1870s, largely accomplished through the statecraft of the Chancellor of Prussia and later Germany, Otto von Bismarck.
8. The Unification of Italy: Summary, Timeline & Leaders
In this lesson, we explore the piecemeal unification of Italy which took place in the 19th century. Created in part by the brilliant statesmen Camillo Benso di Cavour, Italy as we know it did not fully take shape until 1870.
9. The Unification of Austria: German Exclusion & Creation of Austria-Hungary
In this lesson, we explore how Austria was excluded by Prussia and the other German states from the new German Confederation, as well as the steps it took to maintain its international influence, including the eventual creation of Austria-Hungary.
10. Reforms in Russia Under Tsar Alexander II: Examples & Impact
In this lesson, we explore the reforms of Tsar Alexander II in 19th-century Russia. Alexander freed the Russian serfs and accelerated the industrialization of Russia before his 1881 assassination.
11. Major Revolutions Around the World During the 1700s
In this lesson, we will look at some of the important revolutions that took place during the 18th century. We will review the causes and effects of these revolutions, and place them in historical context.
12. Major Revolutions Around the World in the 1800s
In this lesson we will examine some of the important revolutions that took place during the 19th century. We will highlight key developments and place these revolutions in historical context.
13. Independence Movements in Latin America: Examples & Impact
This lesson will explore the 19th century Latin American revolutions. In doing so, it will highlight the roles L'Ouverture, Hidalgo, and Bolivar played in bringing freedom to Haiti, Mexico, and South America.
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