The Age of Absolutism Spain and Russia

The Age of Absolutism Spain and Russia - The Age of...

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The Age of Absolutism
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Definitions • Absolute Monarchy a government run by a king or a queen who possesses absolute, or total control. • Age of Absolutism trend in which absolute monarchs could be found all over.
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Positives/Strengths an Absolute Monarchy 1. Efficiency- decisions are made quickly and decisively. Only one person decides policy. 2. Stability- The ruler only changes when he dies. There is a great deal of continuity (clear heir) 1. Louis XIV was King for 80 years 2. Almost always a clear successor or heir. It is usually the eldest son 3. Wealth- With one leader with little resistance, he/she is able to gain a huge treasury. -The arts are often supported with this wealth. Therefore many were called patrons of the arts
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Weaknesses of Absolute Monarchies • 1. Very undemocratic Only one person has a say • Individual rights violated People must agree with the Monarch • Stability poor leaders can do great damage to a country because they are in control for so long. • Question- what is one empire we discussed earlier this year, in which poor leaders helped lead to its downfall? Rome
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called in these societies? Pharaohs and Emperors
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