Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chapter 17 Part I: Absolutism in Austria and Prussia

Terms to Outline:

  • serfdom (e.g. new laws to restrict movement of serfs)
  • hereditary subjugation
  • Bohemian Estates -- what happens to them in the Thirty Years' War
  • robot
  • Ferdinand III
  • Suleiman the Magnificent
  • Jannisaries
  • Pragmatic Sanction
  • Brandenburg
  • Frederick William, the "Great Elector"
  • Junkers
  • Frederick William I

Questions to Consider:

  • Why did serfdom decline in Western Europe and not in Eastern Europe?  What did the monarchy have to do with this?
  • What was the status of Austria and Prussia after the Thirty Years' War?
  • How do the Habsburgs move towards a more absolutist state after the Thirty Years' War?
  • How did the Ottoman Turks and the Hungarians pose a threat to the Habsburgs and absolutism?
  • What was the state of Brandenburg after the Thirty Years' War?  How does Frederick William, the "Great Elector" make the move towards absolutism in Prussia?
  • How does Frederick William I later solidify absolutism in Prussia?

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