World History A


In seventeenth-century Europe, absolutism was a reaction to instability. In England, the desire of King James II to practice his Catholic faith openly was opposed by Parliament, ending in the creation of a constitutional monarchy under the jOint rule of William III and Mary II. Mary's life mirrors the conflicts of her time. Raised as a Protestant, she reluctantly overthrew her own Catholic father, James II.

Looking Ahead to AP Euro...

What will they want you to know next year?

  1. Explain the context in which different forms of political power developed from 1648 to 1815.
  2. Explain the causes and consequences of the English Civil War.
  3. Explain the continuities and changes in commercial and economic developments from 1648 to 1815.
  4. Explain the factors that contributed to the development of the Dutch Republic.
  5. Explain how European states attempted to establishand maintain a balance of power on the continent throughout the period from 1648 to 1815.
  6. Explain how advances in technology contributed to a developing balance of power on the continent throughout the period from 1648 to 1815.
  7. Explain how absolutist forms of rule affected social and political development from 1648 to 1815.
  8. Explain how and why artistic expression changed from 1450 to 1648.
  9. Compare the different forms of political power that developed in Europe from 1648 to 1815.
  10. Different models of political sovereignty affected the relationship among states and between states and individuals.


Lesson 1: Europe in Crisis

Spain's Conflicts
 Spain's Militant Catholicism
 Resistance From the Netherlands
 Protestantism in England
 Defeat of the Spanish Armada
The French Wars of Religion
 Henry IV and the Edict of Nantes
Crises in Europe
 Economic and Social Crises
 The Witchcraft Trials
The Thirty Years' War

Lesson 2: War and Revolution in England

Revolutions in England
 The Stuarts and Divine Right
 Civil War and Commonwealth
 The Restoration
 A Glorious Revolution
Legal and Political Thought

Lesson 3: Absolutism in Europe

France Under Louis XIV
 Louis in Power
 Legacy of Louis XIV
The Spread of Absolutism
 The Decline of Spain
 The Emergence of Prussia
 The New Austrian Empire
Peter the Great

Lesson 4: European Culture After the Renaissance

Art After the Renaissance
 Baroque Art
 Baroque Music
Golden Age of Literature
 England's Shakespeare
 Spain's Cervantes and Vega


Chapter Introduction
Chapter Reading Guide
Chapter Review Sheet
Chapter Study Guide
Chapter Place and Time –  largesmall
Chapter Skillbuilder

Lessons in text-only form
  Lesson 18-1
  Lesson 18-2
  Lesson 18-3
  Lesson 18-4