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Big 5 Powersthe following were powers until WW2 and obtained their status through conquering many territoriesBritainnot an absolute monarchy (every other country was)representative govtFrancemost powerful in Europe at the time + largest populationleading country culturally (emulated french style/culture and learned language)catholic but religion didn’t play a giant role for themAustriaruled by the germans (austrians) (catholics)divided in 12+ ethnic groups4 major religions (Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodox, Islam)always weak due to internal divisions Russianever played a role in european history before eastern orthodox christians w/ own system of writing cut off geographically (no western influence)expanded towards west in 1700s establishing a new capital st. Petersburgwas near the baltic sea, and allowed more travel PrussiaSmallest of the bigsbegan as a tiny state around the City of Berlin

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