Ch 6: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 5: Absolute Monarchs in Europe (1500-1800)

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The Absolute Monarchs in Europe (1500-1800) chapter of this McDougal Littell Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential world history lessons of European absolute monarchs in 1500-1800. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Absolute Monarchs in Europe (1500-1800) textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Spanish Golden Age
  • Causes of Spain's decline in power
  • Golden Age of the Dutch Republic
  • France's Louis XIV and royal absolutism
  • French conflicts and expansion
  • Effects of the Thirty Years' War
  • The rise of Austria and creation of Prussia
  • Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great
  • Causes and effects of the English Civil War
  • England's restoration of the monarchy
  • Establishment of Great Britain and the English Bill of Rights

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14 Lessons in Chapter 6: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 5: Absolute Monarchs in Europe (1500-1800)
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The Spanish Golden Age: Growth of Power & the Arts

1. The Spanish Golden Age: Growth of Power & the Arts

In this lesson, you will explore the history of Spain's Golden Age under the powerful monarchs Charles V and Philip II. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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.

Royal Absolutism in France: Monarchical Power & Louis XIV

4. Royal Absolutism in France: Monarchical Power & Louis XIV

In this lesson, we will study France's absolute monarchy. We will learn its characteristics, examine its rise, and meet Louis XIV, the 'Sun King,' who brought royal absolutism to its height.

French Expansion Under Louis XIV: Conflicts & Overview

5. 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 Reign of Louis XIV in France: Accomplishments & Influence

6. 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.

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

7. 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 Rise of Austria & Strengthening of the Hapsburg Monarchy

8. 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

9. 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.

Ivan the Terrible and the Making of Russia

10. Ivan the Terrible and the Making of Russia

Ivan the Terrible was a great but violent leader. Despite his intelligence, he was prone to violent outbursts. This lesson explores his life and the effects of his reign on Russia.

Peter the Great & the Westernization of Russia: Facts & History

11. 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 English Civil War: Summary, Causes, Effects & Timeline

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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.

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