Hist. 1401 - The European Dynastic Order.docx

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History 1401E
The European Dynasty Order
Forms Of State
The European Map
Maps change
Large states along the east and west side of Europe tens to be sates
In the middle of Europe has many small states
oSome strong some weak
European states in the 18th century were organized around Dynasties
The ruling house for every state
Most European states were ruled by a monarch
oThere were some exceptions
The organizing principle in not nationalism
Most states were amalgamations
The claims of each dynasty were strongly accepted
Very different from recent day countries and sates
Powers of each monarch can be controlled in different ways
Some absolutism prevailed
oGreat Britain
All the powers were concentrated in the hand of a ruler
Most parts of Europe, the monarchs rule without sharing their power with an
oThere is no written constitution
oFirst written constitution was Sweden in the late 18th century
Armies were used as “power models”
oThe largest received the most respect
Rulers were understood to fit a “Godly” figure
oMade to keep control within state
oWithout absolute rule – sate will be run to the ground
However strong a ruler was, they know they had to rule within certain limits
A ruler was not to combine power with religion***
Religion was an important thing at the time
Tradition was a major influence on religion as well
oMonarchs would do what their predecessor did before them
Rulers are to preserve the social order
Material/Technical limits
oRulers did not have the means to know what all was happening with his
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