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1 The Age of Absolutism

2 European monarchs created even more powerful nations in the 1500s & 1600s
Built up state bureaucracies & equipped powerful armies Ensured loyalty to the crown & used their growing resources for bold ventures home & overseas Spain, Portugal, and The Netherlands quickly took the lead in obtaining overseas empires

3 Extending Spanish Power
In the 1500’s, wealth from the Americas helped make Spain the most powerful state in Europe Spain emerged as the first modern European power Under Isabella & Ferdinand, Spain expelled the last Muslim rulers and enforced religious unity Financed Columbus’s voyage to the Americas

4 Charles V Charles V ruled an even larger empire from 1519-1556
Grandson of Ferdinand & Isabella Also heir to the Hapsburgs, the Austrian rulers of the Holy Roman Empire & the Netherlands Ruling two Empires involved Charles in constant warfare Continued a long struggle with France over rival claims in Italy Devout Catholic, fought to suppress the Protestant Reformation

5 Biggest enemy was the Ottoman Empire
The Ottomans occupied much of Hungary and their forces advanced to Austria Hapsburg Empire was too scattered & diverse for only one person to rule Exhausted Charles V, gave up his titles & entered a monastery in 1556 Divided his Empire: Gave Hapsburg land in central Europe to his brother Ferdinand, who became Holy Roman Emperor Gave Spain, the Netherlands, southern Italy & huge Spanish overseas Empire to 29 year old son Philip

6 Philip II Hard working like his father, reigned from and wanted to expand Spanish influence, strengthening the Catholic Church & make his own power absolute Devoted much time to government work and further centralized royal power, making all parts of the government responsible to him

7 Became an absolute monarch, a ruler with complete authority over the government & the lives of the people Believed he ruled by divine right, authority to rule came directly from God Saw himself as the guardian of the Catholic Church Used the Inquisition to turn on Protestants & other heretics

8 Wars of Philip II Fought many wars as he advanced Spanish Catholic power throughout the world Battled Protestant rebels in the Netherlands At the time the region was made of 17 provinces that are today: Belgium, The Netherlands & Luxemburg Richest part of Philip’s empire Both Protestant & Catholic subjects opposed high taxes & the threats to their traditional self-government rule Riots against the Inquisitor sparked uprisings in the Netherlands In 1581, the large North Province became known as the Dutch Netherlands Gained official recognition in 1648 Southern provinces remained part of the Spanish Empire

9 Fights with Elizabeth In 1580, Philip saw Elizabeth as his chief Protestant enemy Elizabeth supported the Dutch against Spain Encouraged English captains, Sea Dogs, to plunder Spanish treasure ships Francis Drake, looted Spanish cities in the Americas Elizabeth made him a knight, Philip was outraged

10 To end English attacks and subdue the Dutch, Philip prepared a huge Armada, or fleet, to carry a Spanish invasion to England In 1588, the Armada sailed with more than ships, 20,000 men, & 2400 pieces of artillery “Strange freak of weather” favored the other side Big Spanish ships took losses from the lighter, faster English ships In the 1600s & 1700s, Dutch, English, & French fleets challenged & surprised Spanish power in Europe & around the world

11 Economic Decline In the 1600s, Spanish power slowly declined
Successors after Philip II were less able rulers then he Costly overseas wars drained wealth out of Spain, almost as fast as it came in

12 Treasure from the Americas led Spain to neglect farming & commerce
The government heavily taxed the small middle class, weakening a group that normally supported royal power The expulsion of Muslims & Jews from Spain deprived the economy of many skilled artisans & merchants American gold & silver led to soaring inflation Eventually, France replaced Spain as the most powerful European nation

13 France under Louis XIV

14 Rebuilding France From the 1560’s to the 1590’s, religious wars between the Huguenots (French Protestants) & the Catholic majority tore France apart Two groups, the Catholic Guises & the Protestant Bourbons committed terrible atrocities against each other

15 On St. Bartholomew's day, August 24, 1572, Huguenot & Catholic nobles attended the same wedding, violence erupted, led to a massacre of 3,000 Huguenots Next few days, thousands more were slaughtered St. Bartholomew's Day, for many symbolized the breakdown of order in France

16 Henry IV 1589, a Bourbon prince & Huguenot leader, Henry Navarre, inherited the French throne Knew he would face problems ruling a largely Catholic land, he converted to Catholicism In 1598 he granted the Edict of Nantes Gave religious toleration to the Huguenots Wanted peace for all Administered justice, improved roads, built bridges & revived agriculture Led the foundation of royal Absolutism

17 Richelieu Henry IV, fell victim to an assassin in 1610, his 9 year old son Louis XIII, inherited the throne 1624, Louis XIII appointed Cardinal Armand Richelieu as his chief minister Strengthened the central government

18 Richelieu destroyed the power of the nobles & the Huguenots
Two groups that did not bow down to royal authority Defeated the private armies of the nobles & destroyed their castles Took away the nobles independence but also tied them to the King by giving them high posts at court or in the Royal Army Richelieu handpicked his successor, Cardinal Jules Mazarin When 5 year old Louis XIV inherited the throne, Mazarin was in place to serve at the young King’s Chief Minister

19 From Boy King to Sun King
Soon after Louis XIV became King, disorder again swept in France In an uprising called the Fronde, nobles & merchants, peasants, & the urban poor rebelled All for their own reasons The rioters drove the young King out of his palace Mazarin died in 1661 and Louis resolved to take over the government himself

20 I AM the State Louis believed in Divine Right, like his great-grandfather, Philip II He took the sun as the symbol of his power Like the sun stands as the center of the Universe, Louis (the Sun King) was the center of the French nation Louie is quoted in saying, “L’etat, c’est moi”- “I am the State”

21 Bishop Jacques Bossuet, tutor to Louis son, summed the theory of divine right, in his Universal History Stated that the King was God’s representative on Earth Louis XIV, never called a meeting of the Estates General, representatives from all 3 Estates: Clergy, Nobles & Townspeople The Estates General did not meet between Unlike the English Parliament, the Estates General played no role in checking royal power

22 The Business of Government
Followed the policies of Richelieu Louis XIV expanded the bureaucracy & appointed intendants, royal officials who collected taxes, recruited soldiers & carried out the policies of provinces Jobs with in the office of intendant & other gov’t jobs went to wealthy middle class men Louis cemented ties between the middle class & the monarchy The French Army became the strongest in Europe The State paid, fed, trained & supplied up to 30,000 soldiers Louis used this highly disciplined army to enforce his policies at home & abroad

23 Colbert & the French Economy
Louis found an expert organizer, to be his chief finance minister: Jean Baptiste Colbert Followed mercantilist policies, to bolster the economy & promote trade Had new lands cleared for farming Put high tariffs on goods, to protect French manufacturers Louis XIV was still short for cash Huge costs of court & foreign wars

24 The Splendor of Versailles
In the countryside of Paris Louis XIV turned a royal hunting lodge into the immense palace of Versailles Spared no expense Halls & salons displayed the finest paintings & statues, glittering chandlers & mirrors Royal gardens had millions of flowers, plants, & trees

25 Versailles became the perfect symbol of the Sun King’s wealth & power
As both the King’s home & the seat of gov’t, it housed at least 10,000 people, from nobles & officials to servants

26 Ceremonies of Daily Life
Louis XIV perfected elaborate ceremonies that emphasized his own importance Each day began with, “ la leve’e”, the King’s rising High ranking nobles competed for the honor of holding the royal was basin or handing the King his diamond buckle shoes Wives of nobles vied to attend upon women of the royal family Such ceremonies served another purpose French nobles were descendants of the feudal lords who held power in the medieval times If they were at their estates, the nobles threatened the power of the monarchy By luring the nobles to Versailles, Louis turned them into courtiers, angling for privileged, rather than warriors battling for power Louis carefully protected their prestige & left them free from paying taxes

27 Culture The King sponsored musical events and commissioned plays by the best writers The age of Louis XIV was the classical age of French drama In painting, music, architecture & decorative arts, French styles became the model for all of Europe A new form of dance drama, ballet, gained its popularity at the French court Louis sponsored the French Academics, which set high standards for both arts & sciences

28 Successes & Failures Louis XIV ruled France for years, longer than any other monarch During that time French culture, manners & customs replaced those of Renaissance Italy, as the standard for Europe taste In both foreign & domestic affairs, many of Louis’s policies were costly failures

29 The Wars of Louis XIV Louis poured vast resources into wars to expand French borders & dominate Europe At first he did gain some territory, but his later wars were disastrous Rival rulers joined forces to check French ambitions Led by the Dutch & English, these alliances fought to maintain the balance of power, a distribution of military & economic power that would prevent any nation from dominating Europe

30 In 1700, Louis grandson, Philip V inherited the throne of Spain
Louis declared that France & Spain “must regard themselves as one” Neighboring powers, led by England, were determined to prevent this union The war of the Spanish Succession dragged on until 1713, when an exhausted France signed the Treaty of Utrect Philip remained on the Spanish throne, but France agreed never to unite the two crowns

31 Persecution of the Huguenots
Louis saw the Protestant minority as a threat to religious & political unity In 1685, he revoked the Edict of Nantes More than 100, Huguenots fled France, fearing persecution Huguenots, had been among the most hardworking and prosperous of Louis subjects Their loss was a serious blow to the French economy, just as the expulsion of Muslims & Jews hurt Spain

32 Triumph of Parliament in England

33 The Tudors & Parliament
From 1485 to 1603, England was ruled by the Tudor dynasty Although the Tudors believed in divine right, they recognized the value of good relations with Parliament When Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church, he turned to Parliament to legalize his actions, which approved the Act of Supremacy Parliament was awarded land

34 To levy new taxes, the King had to seek approval from Parliament
A constant need for money also led Henry to consult Parliament frequently Henry used many funds fighting overseas wars To levy new taxes, the King had to seek approval from Parliament Members of Parliament tended to vote as Henry’s agents instructed, but were still consulted on important matters Elizabeth consulted Parliament, but controlled it as well Her advisers conveyed Elizabeth’s wishes to Parliament & forbade discussion of foreign policy or the Queen’s marriage

35 The Early Stuarts In 1603, after a 45-year reign, Elizabeth died without a direct heir The throne passed to her relatives the Stuarts, the ruling family of Scotland The Stuarts were neither as popular as the Tudors nor as skilled in dealing with Parliament Stuarts inherited problems that Henry & Elizabeth had long suppressed The result was, a “Century of Revolution”, that pitted the Stuart monarchs against Parliament

36 The Royal Challenge James I (England) & IV (Scotland), was the first Stuart monarch & agreed to rule according to English laws & customs

37 Soon he was lecturing Parliament about divine right
Repeatedly, clashed with Parliament over money & foreign policy He needed funds to finance his lavish court & wage wars Members wanted to discuss foreign policy before voting funds & James dissolved Parliament & collected taxes on his own Leaders in the House of Commons fiercely resisted the King’s claim to absolute power

38 Parliament Responds Charles I inherited the throne in 1625 and like his father, behaved like an absolute monarch He imprisoned foes without trial & squeezed the nation for money In 1628, his need to raise taxes forced Charles to summon Parliament Before voting any funds, Parliament insisted that Charles sign the Petition of Right, which prohibited the King from raising taxes with the consent of Parliament or imprisoning anyone without just cause

39 Charles did sign the Petition, but then he dissolved Parliament in 1629
For 11 years, he ignored the Petition & ruled without Parliament During this time he created bitter enemies In 1637, Charles & Archbishop Laud tried to impose the Anglican prayer book on Scotland The Calvinist Scots revolted To get funds to support the Scottish rebellion, Charles finally had to summon Parliament in 1640 When it met Parliament launched its own revolt

40 The Long Parliament The Parliament that Charles I summoned became known as the, “Long Parliament” because it lasted on & off until 1653 Its actions triggered the greatest political revolution in history Parliament tried & executed the Kings chief Ministers, including Archbishop Laud Members of Parliament declared that Parliament could not be dissolved without consent Charles lashed back, in 1642 he led troops into the House of Commons to arrest its most radical leaders They escaped through a back door & soon raised their own army

41 The English Civil War The Civil War would last from 1642-1649
Like the Fronde that occurred about the same time in France, it posed a major challenge to absolute monarchs In France royal power won In England the revolutionaries triumphed

42 Cavaliers & Roundheads
At first the odds seemed in favor of the Cavaliers or supporters of Charles I Many Cavaliers were nobles, were well trained in dueling & warfare, also expected a quick victory

43 Cromwell’s army defeated the Cavaliers in a series of diverse battles
The Roundheads were composed of country gentry, town dwelling manufacturers & Puritan clergy They were called Roundheads because their hair was cut close around their heads The Roundheads found a leader of genius in Oliver Cromwell, a puritan member and skilled general Organized the “New Model Army” for Parliament Cromwell’s army defeated the Cavaliers in a series of diverse battles By 1647, the King was in the hands of Parliament forces

44 Execution of a King Parliament set up a court to put the King on trial
Found him guilty & condemned him to death, “As a tyrant, traitor, murder & public enemy” In January 1649, the King was executed by ax Execution sent shock waves throughout Europe, for the first time a King was tried & executed by his own people Sent a signal that no King could claim absolute power & ignore Parliament

45 The Kingless Decade After the death of Charles I, the House of Commons abolished the monarchy, the House of Lords and the Church of England Declared England a Republic, known as the Commonwealth, under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell

46 Rebels in Ireland The new Republic faced many problems
Supporters of Charles II, the uncrowned heir to the throne, attacked England by way of Ireland & Scotland Cromwell led forces into Ireland to crush the uprising Then took stern measure against the Irish Catholic Majority In 1652 Parliament passed a law exiling most Catholics to barren land in the west of Ireland

47 The Levellers Fighting began with in the Commonwealth
The Levellers thought that the poor men should have as much say in gov’t as the gentry, lawyers, & other citizens Such ideas horrified the gentry, who dominated Parliament Cromwell & his generals suppressed the Levellers and other radical groups that threatened property ownership As challenges grew, Cromwell took the title of Lord Protector in 1653 From then on he ruled through the Army

48 Life in the Commonwealth
In the 1650’s laws were made so that Sunday was a day set aside for religious observance Theaters and taverns were closed, dancing was banned Puritans felt every Christian rich & poor must be able to read the Bible

49 The End of the Commonwealth
Soon after Cromwell’s death in 1858, the Puritans lost their grip on England Many people were tired of military rule & strict Puritan ways In 1660, a newly elected Parliament invited Charles II to return to England from exile The Puritan experiment ended with the restoration of the monarchy Puritan ideas lasted and played an important role in shaping the U.S.

50 The Stuarts Restored Young Charles II was a popular ruler
He reopened theaters & taverns and ruled a lively court, like Louis XIV Restored the Church of England & tolerated other Protestants such as: Presbyterians, Quakers & Baptists

51 Accepted the Petition of Right but shared his father’s belief in Absolute Monarchy, as well as sympathized with Catholics Charles’s brother , James II inherited the throne in 1685 James flaunted his Catholic faith and angered his subjects by appointing Catholics to high positions Afraid that James would restore the Holy Roman Catholic church, in 1688 Parliament leaders invited James’s Protestant daughter Mary & her Dutch Protestant husband William III, to rule England

52 The Glorious Revolution
William & Mary landed in England with their army in late 1688 James II fled to France This bloodless overthrow of a King became known as the Glorious Revolution Before they could be crowned William & Mary had to accept several acts passed by Parliament that became known as the English Bill of Rights

53 Limits on Royal Power The Bill of Rights ensured the superiority of Parliament over the monarchy It required the monarch to summon Parliament regularly & gave the House of Commons the “power of the purse” A King or Queen could no longer interfere in Parliamentary debates or suspend laws The Bill also barred any Catholic from sitting on the throne

54 England became a limited monarchy, a gov’t in which a constitution or legislative body limits the monarch’s powers The Bill of Rights formally restated the traditional rights of English citizens, such as a trial by jury It abolished excessive fines & cruel or unjust punishments It affirmed the principle of habeas corpus, no person could be held in prison with out first being charged with a specific crime

55 Rise of Austria & Prussia

56 The Thirty Years’ War The French philosopher Voltaire noted that, by early modern times, the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, not Roman, nor an Empire It was a patchwork of several hundred small, separate states that paid little need to the emperor Religion further divided the German states The north was largely Protestant, while the south of Catholic

57 The War Begins The war had both religious & political causes
Began as a local conflict in Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) Ferdinand, the Hapsburg King, sought to suppress Protestants & to assert royal power over local nobles

58 The act signaled a revolt that Ferdinand suppressed
In May 1618, rebellious Protestant noblemen tossed two royal officials out of a castle window in Prague The act signaled a revolt that Ferdinand suppressed Ferdinand had the support of Spain, Poland & other Catholic states At first Ferdinand defeated the Bohemians & their Protestant allies Protestant powers such as the Netherlands & Sweden sent troops to Germany 1/3 of the German population died in the Thirty Years War

59 Peace at Last In 1648, a series of treaties, The Peace of Westphalia was passed Since so many powers has been involved in the conflict, the war ended with general European peace & an attempt to settle other international problems as well France gained territory on both its Spanish & German frontiers

60 The Netherlands & Switzerland became independent states
The Hapsburgs had to accept almost total independence of all the princes of all the princes, of the Holy Roman Empire The Netherlands & Switzerland became independent states Germany was left divided into more than 360 states Still formally acknowledged the leadership of the Holy Roman Emperor Each state had its own gov’t, coinage, state church, armed forces & foreign policies Germany remained fragmented for another 200 years

61 Hapsburg Austria Weakened by war the Hapsburgs wanted to create a strong united state Expanded their land by adding Bohemia, Hungary, & parts of Poland & Italy

62 Unity & Diversity Was difficult to unite these lands
Divided by geography, and the people had different cultures In the 1700s the Hapsburg’s empire included: Germans, Magyars, Slavs & others People spoke many languages including: Czech, Hungarian, Polish & Italian Hapsburgs had some control over the people Sent German-speaking officials to Bohemia & Hungary The Hapsburg empire never developed a centralized system like that of France

63 Prussia Emerged as a Protestant power
In the 1600s, the Hohenzollern family ruled scattered lands across northern Germany After Peace of Westphalia, Hohenzollern rulers united their lands by taking over the states between them Imposed royal power on all subjects & reduced the independence of their nobles Prussia formed an efficient bureaucracy & very well trained army Frederick II, used Prussian military well, stealing Silesia from Austria, his victories gave him the name Frederick the Great

64 Keeping the Balance of Power
By 1750, the great powers of Europe included: Austria, Prussia, France, England & Russia Formed various alliances to maintain the balance of power The powers would often team up with one power to check another

65 Absolute Monarchy in Russia

66 Peter the Great Was 10 years old when he came to the throne, but did not control the gov’t Was not well educated but was immensely curious Enjoyed learning in the “German Quarter”, the Moscow suburb, where many Dutch, Scottish, English & other foreign artisans & soldiers lived Heard of the advanced technology that was helping Western European monarchs forge powerful empires

67 Journey to the West In 1697, Peter set out to study Western technology for himself Spent hours walking the streets of European cities Studied the manners & homes of the people Visited factories & art galleries Disguised in shabby clothes and worked as a carpenter in a Dutch Shipyard In England, Peter was impressed with Parliament Returned to Russia and brought back a group of technical experts, teachers, soldiers & nobles Began to reshape Russia but convincing fellow Russians to modernize was difficult

68 Autocrat & Reformer Peter was determined to centralize Royal Power
Brought all Russians under his control, including the Russian Orthodox Church Under Peter, serfdom spread in Russia, long after it died out in Western Europe Forced some serfs to become soldiers or labor on roads, canals & other gov’t projects

69 Peter had no mercy for those who resisted the new order
Using autocratic methods, Peter pushed through social & economic reforms Imported western technology, improved education, simplified the Russian alphabet & set up schools for the study of Math, Science, & Engineering To pay for reforms he adopted mercantilist policies & encouraged exports After returning from the west, Peter insisted that nobleman shave their beards & replace their old-fashioned robes with Western European clothes Peter had no mercy for those who resisted the new order When elite palace guards revolted he had over 1,000 tortured & executed To set an example, he left their rotting corpses outside the palace walls for months

70 Russian Expansion Peter worked to build Russian military power
Created the largest standing army in Europe and set out to extend Russian borders

71 Search for Warm-Water Ports
In 1700, Peter began a long war against Sweden, Russia’s northwest neighbor, that dominated the Baltic region Peter pushed the Swedes back & won land along the Baltic Baltic seaports were frozen in the winter Peter turned south, seeking warm-water power that would allow Russia to trade with the west all year long The nearest warm-water coast was that of the Black Sea Peter fought the Ottoman Turks to recover Russian lands, north of the Black Sea Peter failed but later Catherine the Great succeeded

72 Peter’s City The biggest symbol of Peter’s want for a modern Russia was his new capital city, “St. Petersburg”, seeking to open, “a window to the West” Located the city on the shores of the swampy Neva River, near the Baltic coast

73 Peter’s Legacy When Peter died in 1725 he left a mixed legacy
He expanded Russian territory, gained ports on the Baltic Sea, & created a mighty army However, when he died the nobles ignored his policy of service to the state

74 Catherine the Great Peter’s immediate successors were ineffective
A German princess by birth came to Russia at the age of to wed the heir to the Russian throne She learned Russian, embraced the Russian Orthodox faith & won the loyalty of the people

75 Catherine proved to be an efficient, energetic empress
In 1762, her mentally unstable Czar Peter III, was murder by a group of Russian army officers With their support she ascended to the Russian throne Catherine proved to be an efficient, energetic empress She reorganized the gov’t and embraced Western ideas Embraced the French language and arts Also was a serious student of the French thinkers, who led the movement known as the Enlightenment

76 Catherine could be ruthless
Granted Russian nobles rights, such as the exemption from taxes and let them increase the suppression of the peasants When peasants rebelled against the harsh burdens of serfdom, Catherine took firm action to repress them Catherine was determined to expand Russian’s borders After a war with the Ottoman empire, she achieved the Russian dream of a warm-water port on the Black Sea Also seized land from neighboring Poland

77 Partition of Poland Poland, once a great power, was unable to centralize power The divided gov’t wasn’t prepared to stand up to its strong neighbors: Russia, Prussia & Austria In the 1770s, Catherine the Great, Frederick the Great & Emperor Joseph of Austria, eyed Poland Poland was partitioned in 1770s then twice in the 1790s By the time Austria, Prussia, & Russia had taken their final slices in 1795, the independent Kingdom of Poland vanished from the map Not until 1918 would a free polish state reappear

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