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Family Life

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Western Europeans worked as family units and these families rarely exceeded six to ten members.  Young children stayed at home and helped around the house.  Usually teens leave their home to become servants for other families.  Men and women married in their mid-twenties and they made sure they had a household of their own and […]

Russian Absolutism

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

In 1580s, and into nineteenth century, Russian merchants, soldiers, adventurers, and political prisoners moved across the Ural Mountains.  Gradually changed Serbia which is the center  source of mineral wealth and other natural resources.  Russians had passed over 6,000 miles east of Moscow towards the fertile lands of Ukraine and headed towards the Pacific.  Siberia was […]

Louis XIV and Versailles

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Cardinal Richelieu had died just five months before Louis XIII, which led to France having another child for a king, Louis XIV.  Louis XIV was just five years old.  In the regency government the new monarch’s minority was led by Cardinal Mazarin. Cardinal Mazarin (1602-1661) was an Italian-born who tried help with Richelieu’s state building […]

Global Conflict

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

In the beginning of the 16th century all of the major European powers had essentially split up the New World, and had even attempted to set up colonies in the Oriental world, but were thwarted quickly and easily by the Japanese and Chinese merchants and military. France had colonies in Africa, Canada, and along the […]

Global Markets of Europe During the Early Modern State

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

     The economy during the Early Modern State of Europe saw many changes in market exchange and travel. Many European countries, like Spain and England, sent out ships full of people waiting to discover and claim territory for their countries. A trade triangle soon developed between Europe, Africa, and the newly discovered Americas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         […]

Cardinal Richelieu

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

“If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him.” —Cardinal Richelieu Born in September of 1585, Armand Jean de Pleissis was consecrated as a bishop in 1608. He then moved on to politics, becoming the French Secretary of State in 1616.  When Louis […]

French Absolutism

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

     Absolutism began to spread across France during the 16th century, mainly because of the religious conflicts and wars that were going on. After early monarchs had unsuccessfully tried to assert more power, absolutism finally officially came into place with the reign of Louis XIII. However, Cardinal Richelieu was the “power” behind the throne at […]

Constitutionalism in England

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

     Constitutionalism in England is recorded as early as the year 1215,  A.D. One may wonder, “Why would England choose constitutionalism when its neighbor France was under absolutism?” Absolutism means that the ruler of a country has complete control over everything involving his or her country and its citizens. It also means that said ruler […]

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

During the early sixteenth century Europe was comprised of hundreds of individual units. Strong states were more common and more popular with the people than strong centralized governments were, due to the Catholic-Protestant religious wars that had been going on.  During those years no European monarch enjoyed absolute control over Europe, unlike the Indian and […]

Society in the Ancien Regime

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Ancien Regime began in 1713 with the Peace of Utrecht, for the western Europeans, and the Treaty of Nystand, which brought peace to the east. Socially the manorial system was thriving. Called Seigneurialism in France, the system was put in place to give the wealthy almost absolute control over the poor. The aristocrats in […]