Modern Absolute Monarchy
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This paper examines events that occurred in Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, most notable the rise of the modern absolute monarchy and its relationship to the scientific revolution and the development of the Baroque style. The paper gives an overview of the European political and social landscape of the time, noting the conflicts between the privileged and working classes. It also notes the role of the Church in supporting feudal monarchies. This in juxtaposed to the Counter Reformation, which is described in detail. The paper further cites how the three historical events presented, the modern absolute monarchy, scientific revolution and baroque style, feed on one another and how the events of one had an effect on the other. The paper concludes with a discussion of the Baroque movement, which provided the Roman Catholic Church a setting to reclaim its lost glory after the success of the Reformation Movement. However, the paper acknowledges that the Baroque seems to have been in vain considering those that went into the Lutheran and Protestant fold did not go running back to the arms of the Roman Catholic Church.
From the Paper:"The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are periods in mankind's history that paved the way for changes to occur and the effects of these changes then are still seen at present. In Europe most especially, the rise of the modern absolute monarchy, the development of the baroque art style and the scientific revolution served to change not only the social and political landscape of Europe and the world but the cultural, religious, economic and educational milieus as well. If there was a time in Europe's history that brought forth events causing the domino principle or ripple effect, it is the occurrences during this era that made it possible.
"The European landscape was in turmoil in the early sixteenth century. Different fiefdoms are controlled by the privileged class. This is more so prevalent in France and in England albeit there is an existing monarchy; there is no centralized form of government that controls the overall governance, administration and management of assets, facilities and resources. There are barons, dukes, lords, ministers and other titled individuals each with his own parcel of land and indentured servants. Loyalty was not to the existing monarch but to whatever political alliances..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kreis, Steven. "Lecture 10: The Scientific Revolution, 1543-1600." The History Guide: Lecture on Early Modern European History. 28 Feb. 2006. 21 June 2006. <http://www.historyguide.org/earlymod/lecture10c.html>.
- McLaughlin, Neal. Baroque Art. 2000. 21 June 2009. <http://virtualology.com/virtualmuseumofart/hallofartmovements/baroqueart.org/>.
- West, Norman. The Historical Roots of Early Modern European States. 2009. 21 June 2009. <http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/westn/modernroots.html#France>.
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