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Ch 2: Power Shifts in Eastern Europe Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Power Shifts in Eastern Europe chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the rise and fall of Eastern European empires from 1648-1740 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 Power Shifts in Eastern 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 Established empires of the mid-17th century The Holy Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, German states, Poland
Tuesday The ascendance of Austria The Hapsburg monarchy, German states, Austria
Wednesday Prussia Prussian unification, Prussian military power
Thursday Peter the Great's Russia Russian westernization, Peter the Great
Friday The breakup of Poland The division of Poland among Austria, Prussia and Russia

5 Lessons in Chapter 2: Power Shifts in Eastern Europe Lesson Plans
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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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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