March 5

posted Mar 5, 2012, 6:10 AM by Peter Knowles
Today we begin looking at the impact that the ideas of the scientists and philosophers at the time began to have on the rulers of Europe. 
The Copernicus > Kepler > Galileo > Newton connection had set in motion a number of different areas of new thought and investigation. Whether in the area of medicine and chemistry (Vesalius, Harvey, Boyle, Lavoisier, Cavendish), philosophy (Descartes, Bacon, Locke), government (Montesquieu, Rousseau, Beccaria), human rights (Wollstonecraft, Voltaire) or other areas (Diderot, Smith, Wesley), new ideas were swirling around Europe, questioning old ideas about almost everything that people had taken for granted. It was only a matter of time before the Absolute Rulers of the time were affected by these new ideas.

To learn about how 4 such rulers dealt with these new ideas, open a Google Doc Template called 10.3: Enlightened Rulers to complete in class today.

If you finish with time left over, you should consider returning to your slideshow and adding one or two of the leaders you encountered to it. Focus on those that did the most to embrace the ideas of the enlightenment, or on those that encountered the most resistance. 

PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS for you to add to your slideshow are available at the Modern History Sourcebook. Take a look at them if you have time left in class to add to your slideshow.

HOMEWORK: READ the section in your textbook called The Seven Years' War (322-325). 
As you read, CREATE AN OUTLINE for the four major areas of war discussed:
I) War of Austrian Succession (322)
II) The War in Europe (323)
III) The War in India (323-324)
IV) The War in North America (324-325)
For each section, collect information to answer the questions:
a) When was it?
b) Who was involved (and on which side did they fight)?
c) Where did fighting happen?
d) How did it end?
e) Who benefited and who lost from the results?
Bring your completed outline to class tomorrow.