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You'll learn all of the world history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:
- Spain's Golden Age
- Characteristics of an absolute monarchy
- Ottoman Empire's culture and history
- Battles of the Spanish Armada
- Cardinal Richelieu's global influence
- Louis XIV's accomplishments and expansion efforts
- English Civil War and restoration of a limited monarchy
- The 30 Years' War and beginning of the Enlightenment
- Austria's rise and Prussia's creation
- Peter the Great
- Poland's partition history
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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.
2. 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.
3. Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits
This lesson will focus on Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight his conquests of Eastern Europe and his wars with the Habsburg Dynasty. It will also discuss the cultural advancements of his rule.
4. The Spanish Armada: History and Major Battles
In this lesson, we will study the famous Spanish Armada and its attempt to invade England in 1588. We will discuss the Armada's background, preparation, voyage, and ultimate fate.
5. Cardinal Richelieu and his Influence on the World
Cardinal Richelieu was a powerful man in secular matters. This lesson explores how he came to power and the battle with the Huguenots that dominated most of his career.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. The 30 Years' War & the Birth of the Enlightenment
In this lesson, we will examine the consequences of the Thirty Years' War, as well as the birth of the Enlightenment. We will place these events in historical context and show their lasting impact.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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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