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Hist. 1401 - The European Dynastic Order.docx

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Department
History
Course
History 1401E
Professor
Pierre Reynard
Semester
Fall

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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 o Some strong some weak • European states in the 18  century were organized around Dynasties Dynasties • The ruling house for every state • Most European states were ruled by a monarch o There 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 Absolutism • Powers of each monarch can be controlled in different ways • Some absolutism prevailed o Great 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  assembly o There is no written constitution th o First written constitution was Sweden in the late 18  century • Armies were used as “power models” o The largest received the most respect • Rulers were understood to fit a “Godly” figure o Made to keep control within state
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