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The Rise of Absolutism in Europe

Guiding Questions: Big and broad overview of unit themes

  • How do Absolutist governments emerge and how do these governments create states with “One Law, One King, One Faith”?

  • Why does an absolute government rise in some areas, while a strong Constitutional Government is successful in others?

  • Compare and contrast absolutism in Western and Eastern Europe – how do geographic and cultural differences impact style of government?

  • What are the social, political, and economic changes that come to Europe as a result of absolutism?

**Homework is due the day after it is assigned. Questions are collected on the day of the test.**



Homework- Reading Questions


Reformation MC/Intro to Absolutism

Finish documents from class today and be prepared to discuss the prompt provided for class on BLOCK Turn this in with your Class Work for the unit


Intro to Extended Analysis in DBQs

Absolutism Case Study: France

Read pp. 516-522

Read and Answer questions using key ideas from the reading:

  1. Define the Fronde and explain how the Fronde challenged the absolutism of Louis XIV

  2. Absolutist rulers believe in One Law, One King, One Faith” – Explain how Louis XIV controlled the government (bureaucracy), the economy, the nobility and religion in France. (try making a four column chart and list specifics)


Louis XIV: The Model of Absolutism

p. 522-524

Read and Answer questions using key ideas from the reading:

3. This section covers four of Louis XIV’s wars – take notes on the wars using a 4 column chart with the headings: “Name of War” “Players in War” “Why? Causes of War” and “The Outcome”


How to DBQ: Scoring and Sample

4. This is a chart. Use the reading “English Civil War” to fill in the handout: Absolutism vs. Constitutionalism” If you need more information for clarity, this topic can be found on pgs. 524-531 in your textbook. The chart will be collected with your reading questions.
5. For practice, write an extended analysis statement about the print on p. 525. Refer to your extended analysis chart. Make sure to read the caption for historical background. You can write this on the back of your chart


England’s Road to Constitutionalism

Continue filling in Absolutism vs. Constitutionalism Chart


England continued

JUST READ p. 532-535 to understand Constitutionalism in the Dutch Republic


The Golden Age of the Dutch Republic

p. 539-540 and p. 571-573

JUST READ to understand the policies of Peter the Great

6. Fill in Extended Analysis Practice Assignment. We will discuss in class and you will turn in with your HW.


Back to absolutism: Russia Case Study


7. Summarize the differences between Absolutism in Poland, Austria, Prussia and the Ottoman Empire. Keep in mind the monarch’s relationship with the nobility


Other absolutists: Prussia, Austria and the Ottomans

Review How to DBQ



Review for MC Test


MC Test

Some Social History: gender and social class


(This is HW to turn in next unit)

European Society divides into upper and lower classes during the 17th century. Provide examples of how European beliefs about popular culture, religion, women and poverty change during this time. (You can do this in list or column format )


Art and Society: The Baroque Period

Key Terms – know what these are and their significance to the time period.


Fronde Louis XIV Cardinal Richelieu Cardinal Mazarin Louis’ relation with nobles Palace of Versailles

Revocation of Edict of Nantes Bureacracy Colbert Mercantilism Wars of Louis XIV

Charles I Power of the Purse Puritans Book of Common Prayer Presbyterians in Scotland

English Civil War Oliver Cromwell Cavaliers/Roundheads Petition of Right Thomas Hobbes

John Locke Rump Parliament Charles II James II Glorious Revolution/Bill of Rights

Dutch Republic

Economic Policies Religious Policies Political Organization Navigation Acts


Power of the Orthodox Church Power of the Tsars Peter the Great – policies Westernization of Russia


Problems with Empire War with Turks Relation to Nobles Leopold I


Relation with nobles Military Strength Religious Policies

Ottoman Empire

Military Strength Political Problems


Free Veto Nobles vs. King

How to Use Documents in a DBQ

Content of the Document: What is the document stating? How does the information connect to the prompt that you are answering? This must be done with each of the documents that you use in the DBQ

Extended Analysis: Ways that analysis of a document can be extended beyond its connection to the prompt or topic. Consider that all of this extended analysis is a way for you to question the reliability of the information within the document and this must be done with at LEAST 4 of the documents you use.

  • Intended Audience: Who is the document written for? Is it a speech? Is it a diary entry? How might the audience have affected the reliability of the source/document?

  • Purpose of the Document: Why did the author create the document? Is this an official government report?

  • Historical Context: Where and when was the document produced? What external events might have affected the author’s viewpoint? How does context affect the reliability of the source?

  • Author’s Point of View: Who is the author? What is his/her place in society? What is his/her occupation? How might knowing that help us understand why the author is making the statement?

Some Long Run themes in the AP Euro Course that relate to this unit:
New theories of government that attempt to provide an explanation for human behavior.
The rise of monarchs and centralization of power.
Balance of power as a cause for war.
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