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1 How did the basic structure of society in eastern Europe become different from that of western Europe in the early modern period? How and why did the rulers of Austria, Prussia, and Russia manage to build powerful absolutist states?

2 3 aging empires: A. Holy Roman Empire B. Republic of Poland C. Ottoman Empire 3 emerging states: A. Austria B. Prussia C. Russia


4 never very strong remember Voltaire? 30 Years War delivered final blow econ, arts, lit, science religious disunity central authority Holy Roman empire in 1648

5 emperor elected by 9 electors, leaders of imp. German states Habsburg position – bargain w/ electors to keep it imperial diet authority to raise troops & taxes lost after 30 Yrs. War

6 not able to become absolutist as a whole, but individual states could: Brandenburg-Prussia (Hohenzollerns) Austria (Habsburgs) 1806 – HRE dissolved Brandenburg-Prussia Austria

7 Kingdom of Poland + Grand Duchy of Lithuania republic = elected king + constitutional liberties weak central authority real authority = szlachta (landed aristocracy) & regional diets heterogeneous pop. Catholic

8 1795 – end of republic: carved up by stronger, expansionistic states

9 strongest of the 3 aging empires, BUT: weakened govt weakened military once strong – janissaries, well-equipped, devshirme feared – sieges on Vienna in 1529 & 1683 Muslim religious toleration heterogeneous pop. Ottoman print of devshirme in Bulgaria. Every fifth Christian child taken.

10 1923 – dissolution

11 Similar paths of development up to 1300: trade, towns, pop. expansion into frontier opportunities for socioeconomic advancement

12 Diverged after 1300: Western EuropeEastern Europe serfdom abolishedserfdom reestablished weak lordspowerful lords urbanagrarian strong middle classweak middle class strong states – strong central authority weak empires – weak central authority

13 How did eastern European landlords return peasants to serfdom? (1) made rulers issue laws restricting peasants movement hereditary subjugation = serfdom passes on through generations (2) took over peasants land and labor obligations growth of estate agriculture

14 How were eastern landlords able to enforce their changes to the condition of the peasantry? Controlled local justice.

15 Why did serfdom reemerge in eastern Europe? economic interpretation: 14 th -15 th c. agricultural depression & pop. labor shortage landlords tie peasants to land 16 th c. prosperity returns but lords finish what they started flaw in argument: Western Europe had identical economic development but did not reinstate serfdom

16 Why did serfdom reemerge in eastern Europe? political interpretation: most convincing argument Western EuropeEastern Europe What happened strong monarchs = landlords power weak monarchs + war = landlords power Different concepts of monarchical authority monarch has sovereignty and protects interests of his people monarch is only 1st among equals; does not protect interests of his people

17 political interpretation (continued): Western EuropeEastern Europe Power of the peasantry strongerweaker – uprisings rarely succeeded Power of the towns & urban classes stronger: towns retained greater privileges weaker: landlords took power & privileges away - lords sold directly to foreign capitalists instead of urban merchants - peasants lost right of refuge

18 Monarchs vs. landlords successful monarchs gained power in 3 key areas: 1)taxation 2)army 3)foreign policy


20 Habsburgs mostly in HRE, but also outside to SE Austrian rulers = HRE emperors Catholic Habsburg domains to 1795.

21 30 Years War set stage: Habsburgs (losers) turn inward and eastward to strengthen state events in Bohemia (Phase 1) introduce new nobility loyal to Habsburgs Habsburgs reestablish control over Bohemia

22 Bohemian Estates (Protestant) revolt against Habsburgs (Catholic) Battle of White Mountain (1620) – Bohemian Estates crushed Habsburgs take land/power from Protestant Czech nobles and give it to Catholic Czech nobles = new Bohemian nobility loyal to Habsburgs

23 Habsburgs reestablish control over Bohemia Protestantism eliminated peasants exploited even more: the robot Personal note: It was in this era that my grandmothers family converted from Protestantism to Judaism because they were persecuted for being Protestants and did not want to become Catholic – Judaism for them was the less detestable choice. Not a good decision in the long run.

24 1529 & 1683 – unsuccessful Ottoman sieges on Vienna Habsburgs acquire Hungary & Transylvania (Romania) from Ottomans new Habsburg state = Austria, Bohemia, + Hungary

25 common Habsburg ruler but each state kept own laws/govt (Estates) Pragmatic Sanction (1713) – Habsburg possessions are never to be divided and are to be passed to single heir Hungary not fully integrated Hungarian nobles revolted somewhat successfully why and how: religion (Protestant Hungarians vs. Catholic Habsburgs), Hungarian nationalism, Ottoman military support 1703 revolt under Rákóczy Hungarians accept Habsburg rule & Habsburgs restore Hungarian nobilitys privileges

26 Ferdinand II (r ) crushes Bohemian Estates & creates new loyal Bohemian nobility Ferdinand III (r ) consolidates German-speaking provinces (Austria, Styria, Tyrol) creates permanent standing army Charles VI (r ) Pragmatic Sanction (1713) Rákóczys revolt



29 Hohenzollerns = elector of Brandenburg & duke of Prussia elector of Brandenburg – helps choose Holy Roman emperor 1618 – Prussia became possession of elector of Brandenburg when junior branch of Hohenzollern family died out

30 Hohenzollerns had little power until 30 Years War elector of Brandenburg = position bestowed no real power Brandenburg: land-locked, no natural defenses, poor land Prussia: separated from Brandenburg, basically part of Poland 30 Years War weakened the Estates (rep. assemblies) allowed monarchs to take more power

31 Frederick William, the Great Elector (r ) Frederick III, the Ostentatious (r ) Frederick William I, the Soldiers King (r )

32 strengthened central authority: unified 3 provinces: Brandenburg, Prussia, lands along the Rhine forced Estates to accept permanent taxation w/o their consent created permanent standing army factors enabling his success: foreign invasions Estates more willing to issue funds for army Junkers did not support the towns elector broke town liberties

33 weak focused on copying Louis XIVs style Frederick III Louis XIV

34 most influential in est. Prussian absolutism military obsessed strengthened royal authority: created best army in Europe created strong, centralized bureaucracy honest and conscientious worked to develop economy eliminated threat from nobility by enlisting Junkers in army (became officers) almost always at peace civil society became militarized – very rigid & disciplined

35 Similar to W. Europe up to 1250: Christian (though Eastern Orthodox) territories unified (11 th c.) feudal (boyard nobility & peasantry) political fragmentation at various times : Russia becomes quite different from W. Europe cause: Russia under brutal foreign rule (Mongols)




39 Chinggis Khan ( ) & Golden Horde – great conquerors mid-13 th c. – Mongols conquer Kievan Rus Mongol Yoke Kiev (capital of Ukraine)

40 unified eastern Slavs Allowed Russian princes who demonstrated good service/loyalty to retain some authority. Muscovite princes served Mongols well given more power. Over time Muscovite princes territory and consolidate power.

41 Ivan I, Ivan Moneybags (r ) Ivan III (r ) Ivan IV, Ivan the Terrible (r ) Michael Romanov (r ) Alexis (r ) Peter the Great (r )

42 stingy made $$$ by lending $ to princes for Mongol tax collection Mongols made him tax collector & great prince

43 Muscovite power consolidated – no longer recognized leadership of Mongol khan hello Russian absolutism! Why did this happen? 1.Ivan III felt strong 2.tsars believed they had to carry on Byzantine legacy (Orthodox Xtianity ; Moscow as Third Rome after Constantinople) monarchy became more powerful than nobility boyard nobility lost power in 15 th c. service nobility – new class loyal to tsar

44 1 st to take title of tsar wars of expansion successful in the E. – took Mongol land unsuccessful in the W. (Poland-Lithuania) subjugated boyars – reign of terror service nobles demand more from peasants peasants flee and form independent outlaw groups = Cossacks urban traders & artisans bound to towns so Ivan could tax them limited middle class (vs. W. Europe)

45 Theodore (r ) Time of Troubles ( ) fighting over who would be tsar unsuccessful Cossack rebellion led by Ivan Bolotnikov Michael Romanov (r ) elected by nobles – became new hereditary tsar restored power of the tsar

46 Alexis (r ) 1649 – peasants enserfed social class gap widens split in Russian Orthodox church: Nikon wants reforms along Greek Orthodox model vs. Old Believers want to stick to Russian ways Old Believers persecuted & Russians alienated from church – unsuccessful Cossack rebellion led by Stenka Razin Alexis

47 What were his policies? What made him great? Was he really great?

48 tsar: term for the Russian ruler (like king) autocracy: government in which one person possesses unlimited power absolutism: government by an absolute ruler or authority, meaning a ruler completely free from constitutional or other restraint

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