Discuss varying interpretations of institutions, people, practices and events throughout this period, including ideologies and motivations.
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During the period from 1600-1789 many changes occurred in Europe, including the growth of Absolutism, the development of the Enlightenment, and the changes in European culture. Write a well thought essay describing this period in European Civilization. In your essay you need to concentrate on the rise of the French and British absolute monarchs, explaining who they were and the impact they had on their countries; the development of the ideas of the Enlightenment including at least two ‘philosophes’ and their contributions to science and thought; and a comparison of the ‘elite’ and ‘ popular’ cultures that developed in Europe.

Your essay should be at least five (5) pages in length.

Your grade will be determined using the following breakdown-

60%- Content- detailed responses to questions

20%- Clarity and organization

10%- Proper use of citations and sources

10%- Timeliness of submission

This essay addresses oitcomes-

1. Discuss the historical development of Western Civilization since 1715 AD to the present, including the key political, social and economic forces that shaped the West.

2. Discuss varying interpretations of institutions, people, practices and events throughout this period, including ideologies and motivations.

3. Identify and analyze events throughout this period, such as the rise of Russia and Prussia, the French Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Socialism, the Russian Revolution, world Wars, the Cold war, and the rise of militant, political Islam..