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European Absolutism

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Kelly Neely

on 26 April 2013

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Transcript of European Absolutism

The Rise to Absolutism Absolute Monarchs are kings or queens who held all of the power within their states boundaries. Their goal was to control every aspect of society. Divine right is the idea that the monarch acted as God's representative on Earth

Some implications of Absolutism:
The society was extremely limited; they had restrictions regarding religion, economics, & social gatherings. This was to prevent & control the spread of ideas. For example: if people started thinking for themselves, or rebelling against their religion, there would be no need for one absolute ruler in their lives. It would be hard to control an empire that wouldn't listen to an absolute ruler Strengths of The Spanish Empire Wealth --> Gold and Silver



Land Weaknesses of The Spanish Empire The gold that came from America to Spain made Spain temporarily wealthy, but caused long-term economic problems like inflation. Inflation was accompanied by a rise in the prices of goods and services. Merchants became increasingly wealthy as people bought their silver that the civilians needed.

1500: Expulsion of Jews and Moors (Muslims) led to a loss of many valuable artisans and business people. In that year, Spain's nobles did not have to pay taxes and the tax burden fell on the lower classes. As a result to that, Spaniards bought much of what they needed from France. Because of this, the Spanish went bankrupt 3 times under the rule of Phillip. Spain continued to struggle economically, while the Dutch had a prosperous middle class. United Provinces of The Netherlands Absolute Monarchy in Europe
16th - 17th Centuries Pope on their side
-No religious conflicts Arts and Literature Flourished Theory + Implications of Absolutism ?
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