European Rulers of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries wanted to be ABSOLUTE MONARCHS (kings or queens who believed that all power within their state's boundaries rested in their hands). Their goal was to control every aspect of society. ABSOLUTE MONARCHS believed in DIVINE RIGHT (the idea that God created the monarchy and that the monarch acted as God's representative on earth.) An ABSOLUTE MONARCH answered only to God, not to his or her subjects.

European Rulers of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries wanted to be ABSOLUTE MONARCHS (kings or queens who believed that all power within their state's boundaries rested in their hands). Their goal was to control every aspect of society. ABSOLUTE MONARCHS believed in DIVINE RIGHT (the idea that God created the monarchy and that the monarch acted as God's representative on earth.) An ABSOLUTE MONARCH answered only to God, not to his or her subjects.


Describe the Age of Absolutism, including the monarchies of Louis XIV and Peter the Great.

Characteristics of absolute monarchies

  • Centralization of power
  • Concept of rule by divine right


Absolute monarchs

  • Louis XIV of France: Palace of Versailles as a symbol of royal power
  • Peter the Great of Russia: Westernization of Russia




CLIP ONE: PALACE OF VERSAILLES

CLIP TWO: VERSAILLES from LOUIS XIII to THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

CLIP THREE: CRIBS WITH LOUIS XVI

CLIP FOUR: PETER THE GREAT & WESTERNIZATION