Unit Five: The Enlightened World | World History

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Chapter 14: Pursuit of Power

Absolutism in France

Absolutism in Brandenburg-Prussia

Absolutism in Austria

Absolutism in Russia

Limited Absolutist Rulers in England

Primary Sources for the Age of Absolutism

Corrections: Chapter 14 "Map of Europe in 1763" (207kb)pdf document

Chapter 15: The Age of Reason

The Scientific Revolution

The Enlightenment

The Great Awakening

Great Scientists who were also Christians

The French philosophes

Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture

Baroque and Classical Music

Literature of the Baroque Era

Literature of the Age of Reason

  • Alexander Pope— An Essay on Man (see the chapter "The Individual" for his famous poetry which states, "the proper study of mankind is man")
  • Edward Gibbon— History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I, Volume II– Be sure to consult ch. 15 of Vol. 1 and ch. 16 of Vol. 2 for his Enlightened views on early Church History and Christianity

Chapter 16: Attempts at Liberty

American War for Independence

The French Revolution

More Primary Sources on the French Revolution

The Napoleonic Era

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