Social Studiesby Matthew Caggia

Unit 5: Absolutism & Enlightenment

Chapters 16 & 17

Thanks to the Renaissance and Reformation, the influence of the Church was on the decline, and in its place rose greater individual achievement and thought. In the spirit of humanism, many Europeans continued their inquiry into understanding nature in a secular way. From there, people began using logic and reason to understand human behavior, including the nature of government and how people make choices. These ideas were in stark contrast to the status quo of Europe: Absolute Monarchies.

Study Tools

Online Textbook Resources

These pages contain links to online content for studenty practice. It includes worksheets, section summaries, note taking guides, self-tests and self-quizzes.

Chapter Resources
Geography Interactive
History Interactive

Leadership Analysis



Vocabulary is the key to understanding any subject. Once you can break down the barrier of language the ideas and concepts are wide open. Here you can find the vocabulary for the unit to practice by using online flash cards and by practicing online generated vocabulary quizzes.

PowerPoint Presentations

What Is Absolutism?

Brief Presentation What is Absolutism and Why It Happened.

French & English Monarchs

Brief presentation about a few key figures in France and England regarding the struggle for political power between monarchs and the people.


Crash Course World History #28: "Tea, Taxes, and The American Revolution"

Cleverly made videos that summarize key historical information using fun graphics and witty descriptions. The American Revolution intiated big changes around the world, not so much on its own, but the spread of Enlightenment ideas around the world.

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