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 Chapter 14 Section 3.  One response to the crises of the 17 th century was to seek more stability by increasing the power of the monarch.  Absolutism.

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1  Chapter 14 Section 3

2  One response to the crises of the 17 th century was to seek more stability by increasing the power of the monarch.  Absolutism is a system in which a ruler holds total power.  Absolutism was tied to the idea of the divine right of kings; o They had the ability to make laws, levy taxes, administer justice, control officials, and determine foreign policy.  The reign of Louis XIV has long been regarded as the best example of absolutism in the 17 th century. o French culture, language, and manners reached into all levels of European society o French diplomacy and wars dominated the political affairs of Europe.

3  French history for the 50 years prior to Louis XIV was a period of struggle, as governments fought to avoid the breakdown of the state.  In France, two ministers played important roles to preserving the authority of the monarchy.  Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIII’s chief minister, strengthened the monarchy’s power by taking away the Huguenots’ political and military rights, set up a network of spies to uncover plots by nobles, and crushed the conspiracies and executed the conspirators.

4  Louis XIV came to the throne in 1643 at the age of four.  Due to the king’s young age, Cardinal Mazarin, the chief minister, took control of the government.  Mazarin crushed a revolt led by nobles.  Many French people concluded that the best hope for stability in the future lay with a strong monarch.

5  When Mazarin died in 1661, Louis XIV took over supreme power, at age 23. “Up to this moment I have been pleased to entrust the government of my affairs to the late Cardinal. It is now time that I govern them myself. You will assist me with your counsels when I ask for them. I request and order you to seal no orders except by my command. I order you not to sign anything, not even a passport without my command; to render account to me personally each day and to favor no one”  Does Louis XIV sound self assured or timid? Polite or Rude? Serious or frivolous?

6  One key to Louis’ power was his control of the central policy- making machinery of government  The royal court that Louis established at Versailles served three purposes: o The personal household of the King. o Chief offices of the state were located there. o The place were powerful subjects came to find favors and offices for themselves.

7  The greatest danger to Louis’s rule came from very high nobles and royal princes who believed that they should play a role in the government. enticed  Louis however, removed them from the royal council, but enticed the nobles and royal princes to come to his court, where he kept them busy with court life and out of politics. In addition to keeping the nobles and royal princes busy so that they would stay out of politics, what other reason could explain why Louis XIV invited them to the royal court?

8  Louis had complete authority over the traditional areas of royal power: FOREIGN POLICY, THE CHURCH, AND TAXES!  Although his power was absolute over nationwide policy making, his power was limited at the local level. o Nobles, local officials, and town councils had more influence than the king in the daily operation of local governments. How do you think Louis felt about this? Do you think he did things to persuade the local officials?

9  Desiring to maintain religious harmony as part of the monarchial power in France, Louis pursued and anti-Protestant policy aimed at converting the Huguenots to Catholicism. o Louis ordered the destruction of Huguenot churches and the closing of their schools As many as 200,000 Huguenots fled to England, the United Provinces, and the German states.

10  The cost of building palaces, maintaining his court, and pursuing his wars made finances a crucial issue for Louis XIV.  Jean-Baptiste Colbert, was the controller of his general finances.  Colbert, sought to increase France’s wealth and power by following mercantilism. o To decrease imports and increase exports, he granted subsidies to new industries. o Built roads and canals within France to increase/improve communication and transportation. o Raised tariffs on foreign goods and created a merchant marine to carry French goods.

11  To increase his royal power, Louis developed a standing army numbering 400,000 in time of war.  To achieve his goals of military glory, Louis waged four wars between 1667 and 1713.  Many nations formed coalitions to prevent him from dominated Europe.  Through his wars Louis added some territory and set up a member of his own dynasty on the throne of Spain.

12  In 1715, the Sun King died, leaving France with great debts and surrounded by enemies.  At 76 years old, Louis XIV seemed remorseful when he told his successor (great-grandson) “Soon you will be King of a great kingdom…try to remain at peace with your neighbors. I loved war too much. Do not follow me in that or in overspending…Lighten your people’s burden as soon as possible, and do what I have had the misfortune not to do myself”

13 1. Why did nations form a coalition to protect themselves from France? Individual nations may not have been strong enough to fend off France, but an alliance of nations would be more able to do so. 2. Describe the government role of the nobles during Louis XIV’s reign. Louis XIV removed the nobles from the royal council and kept them busy with court life instead of politics. 3. What is your personal opinion of King Louis XIV of France?



16  After the Thirty Years’ War there were over 300 German States  Prussia and Austria emerged in the 17 th and 18 th centuries as two great European powers.

17  Frederick William the Great Elector laid the foundation for the Prussian state.  Realizing that Prussia was a small, open territory with no natural frontiers fro defense, Frederick William built a large and efficient standing army made up of 40,000 men, the 4 th largest in Europe.  To maintain this large army and his own power, Frederick William set up the General War Commissariat to levy taxes for the army and oversee its growth. o Became the electors chief instrument to govern the state. o Many of its officials were members of the Prussian landed aristocracy, or the Junkers, who served as officers in the army.  In 1701 Frederick William’s son Frederick officially gained the title of the king, Elector Frederick III became King Frederick I.

18 Using the information you have learned, write a brief paragraph in which you offer your opinion on what Frederick William the Great Elector’s ultimate goal may have been in laying the foundation for a Prussian state.

19  The Austrian Hapsburgs had long played a significant role in European politics as emperors in the Holy Roman Empire.  The Hapsburgs made a difficult transition in the 17 th century, loosing the German Empire, but creating a new empire in eastern and southeastern Europe. Turn to page 467 in your textbook and Complete the Geography Skills Questions

20  The core of the new Austrian Empire was the traditional Austrian lands in present day Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary.  The Austrian monarchy never became a highly centralized, absolutist state, chiefly because it was made up of so many different national groups.  The empire remained under the control of the Hapsburg emperor, who was: o Archduke of Austria o King of Bohemia o King of Hungary Each of these areas had its own laws and political life. No common sentiment tied the regions together other than the ideal service to the Hapsburgs, held by military officers and government officials.

21  A new Russian state emerged in the 15 century under the principality of Muscovy and its grand dukes.  In the 16 th century, Ivan IV became the first ruler to take the title of czar, the Russian word for Caesar.  Ivan expanded the territories of Russia to the east, and crushed the power of the Russian nobility, or boyars.  Known as Ivan the Terrible because of his ruthless deeds, among them stabbing his own son to death in a heated argument.

22  When Ivan’s dynasty ended in 1598, a period of anarchy known as the Time of Troubles followed.  This period ended with the national assembly or zemsky sobor, chose Michael Romanov as the new czar in 1613 – the Romanov dynasty lasted until 1917. o One of the most prominent members was Peter the Great, who became czar in 1689, an absolutist monarch who claimed the divine right to rule.  Peter was determined to westernize Russia, eager to borrow European technology, and modernize the army and navy. o By Peters death in 1725, Russia was a great military power and an important European state.

23  Peter began to introduce Western customs, practices, and manners into Russia. o Ordered the preparation of the first Russian book etiquette to teach Western manners. o Insisted that Russian men shave their beards and shorten their coats. o Upper-class women could remove their traditional face covering veils and move out into society.  On the Baltic in 1703, Peter began construction for a new city, St. Petersburg, a base for the new Russian navy and a window to the west. o It became Russia’s most important port and remained the Russian capital until 1918.


25  Peter not only formed the first Russian navy, he also recognized the army.  He employed by Russian and Europeans as officers – he drafted peasants for 25 year stints of service to build a standing army of 210, 000 soldiers.  To impose the rule of the central government more effectively, peter divided Russia into provinces.  Peter’s personality created an atmosphere of fear instead of a sense of civic duty. o He wanted the impossible – his administrators be slaves and free at the same time.

26 Compare and Contrast the absolutist leadership style of Louis XIV, Frederick William the Great Elector and Peter the Great. Historians have long considered the reign of Louis XIV to be the best example of the practice of absolute monarchy in the 17th century. Do you believe this is true? Why or why not?

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