Ready-to-Use Lecture: The Age of Absolutism

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Grades: 10, 11

Courses: World History, European History

Focus: The collapse of Church authority and the rise of the centralized, bureaucratic, and monarchical state gave rise to the Absolute Monarch. The building of the state and its power, which was then placed in the hands of the king and his ministers, resulted in the breaking of medieval privileges and wars of conquest and succession.

Outcomes: Students will be able to describe the concept and function of absolutism, specifically the French model under Louis XIV. They will also demonstrate an understanding of the prevailing economic system of mercantilism.

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