Monarchs in Europe

(1500 - 1800 A.D.)

Absolute Monarchs in Europe

$150 for 5 weeks


Allison Bruning


We will be using "World History: Patterns of Interaction, Student Edition Survey" by Holt McDougal. ISBN: 978-0547491127. This textbook is available on Amazon.


Homework assignments are given through Classcraft. Students will have 4 - 8 assignments per week that build from simple to complex. The homework listed below is the final assignment (complex one) for that week in Classcraft. 




12 - 18  years old




Session 1: Spain's Empire and European Absolutism


Students will identify Philip II, absolute monarch and divine right.

Students will analyze the benefits and drawbacks of having an absolute ruler. 

Students will describe how the English defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588 A.D.

Students will examine what Philip wanted his palace to demonstrate about his monarchy. 

Students will summarize Tulip Mania.

Students will explain why didn't Spain's economy benefit from the gold and silver from the Americas.

Students will analyze the causes and effects of absolute monarchy.

Students will conclude how Philip II was typical of an absolute monarch.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment and Multimedia Activity on page 595.

2) Read pages 596 - 602 in course textbook.

Session 2: The Reign of Louis XIV


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify

Edict of Nantes, Cardinal Richelieu, skepticism, Louis XIV, intendant, Jean Baptiste Colbert, and War of the Spanish Succession.

Students will explain how Richelieu's actions towards the Huguenots and the nobility strengthened the monarchy.

Students will summarize the life and historical contributions of Louis XIV.

Students will describe the effects the years of riots had upon Louis XIV and his subjects. 

Students will analyze how Louis's treatment of the nobles reflected his belief in his absolute authority.

Students will analyze how the Palace of Versailles reflected Louis XIV's belief in his absolute authority.

Students will explain how Louis's wars against weaker countries backfired.


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 602.

2) Read pages 603 - 607 in course textbook.

Session 3: Central European Monarchs Clash


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Thirty Years' War, Maria Teresa, Frederick the Great and Seven Years' War.

Students will conclude, judging from their actions, were the French cardinals' motivated by religion or politics? Why?

Students will analyze the geographical makeup of Europe after the Thirty Years' War.

Students will summarize the lives and historical contributions of Maria Theresa and Frederick the Great.

Students will summarize the steps Prussian monarchs took to become absolute monarchs.

Students will explain why iron ore, agricultural lands, and textiles be helpful acquisitions for Frederick the Great.


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 607.

2) Read pages 608 - 613 in course textbook.

3) Complete Social History Connect to Today questions on page 613.

Session 4: Absolute Rulers of Russia


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Ivan the Terrible, boyar, Peter the Great and westernization.

Students will summarize the long term effects of Ivan's murder of his oldest son.

Students will summarize the life and historical contributions of Peter the Great.

Students will explain why Russia was culturally different from western Europe.

Students will analyze remarks made by Peter the Great and describe what they show was Peter's view of his people.

Students will analyze the geographical expansion of Russia from 1500 - 1800 A.D.

Students will analyze what happens when eastern cultures meet western cultures.

Students will describe which of Peter's actions in building St. Petersburg showed his power as an absolute monarch. 

Students will examine how Russians survived severe winters. 


1) Complete Section 4 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 611.

2) Read pages 614 - 617 in course textbook.

Session 5: Parliament Limits the English Monarchy


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify

Charles I, English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell, Restoration, habeas corpus, Glorious Revolution, constitutional monarchy, and cabinet.

Students will compare what did Cromwell's rule have in common with an absolute monarchy.

Students will analyze the geographical areas controlled by Puritans and Royalists from 1642 - 1645 A.D.

Students will contrast how the overthrow of James II was different from the overthrow of Charles I. 

Students will analyze the relationship between U.S. Democracy and the governmental reforms/organizations the the English developed during this time.

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