Reading Guide How did Enlightened Despots differ from other absolute monarchs?



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Enlightened Despot Reading Guide
How did Enlightened Despots differ from other absolute monarchs?

Why did Enlightened Despotism never take hold in France?

How did Maria Theresa centralize her empire? How did Joseph II follow in these footsteps?

What enlightened accomplishments did Maria Theresa have?


What enlightened accomplishments did Joseph II have?


Why did Frederick the Great have such a great reputation as an Enlightened Despot? Was it deserved? Why or why not?
Why did Catherine the Great have such a great reputation as an Enlightened Despot? Was it deserved? Why or why not?
What effect did Pugachev’s rebellion have on Catherine the Great and Russia?

What were Catherine the Great’s expansionist accomplishments?


What were the overall results of Enlightened Despotism? What were its significant shortcomings? What form did the backlash against the movement take?


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