1650-1750

Events

1651

1651

British Navigation Acts- Mercantilist laws enacted to restrict colonial trade to Britain in an attempt to make the British the dominant economic power in Europe. [PP #1]

1653

1653

Oliver Cromwell, the leader of the victorious forces in the English Civiv War, becomes Lord Protector

1654

1654

Louis XIV is Coronated- Louis XIV would become a model for absolutist rulers in Europe for centuries to come with his strong control over every aspect of French society. [OS #3]

1659

1659

The death of Oliver Cromwell was caused due to a form of malaria.

1660

1660

Thomas Hobbes publishes Leviathan, and its work concerns the structure of society.

1661

1661

Death of Cardinal Mazzarin and Louie the 14th becomes the chief minister.

1665

1665

Jean-Baptiste Colbert- Colbert is appointed Finance Minister of France under Louis XIV where he would implement mercantilist policies which called for more colonies in order to have access to more raw materials. [INT #4]

1669

1669

Louie the 14th begins construction of the palace of Versailles.

1685

1685

The revocation of Edict of Nantes is known as the Edict of Fontainebleau.

1687

1687

Newton publishes Principia, a three volume book about his laws of motion and universal gravitation.

1688

1688

John Locke publishes 2 treatises on government

1690

1690

John Locke’s essay on Human understanding,. Which describes the mind of birth as a blank slate.

1694

1694

Bank of England Established- Shows the increased amount of capital in England which would make it a leading world economy soon in the future [2.2]

1701

1701

Seed Drill Invented- This invention made agriculture much more efficient and helped to spark the Agricultural Revolution which would in turn spark the Industrial Revolution which brought us into the modern age. [2.4]

1715

1715

Rococo art starts to become popular

1721

1721

Robert Walpole becomes the first prime minister of Britain.

1733

1733

John Kay invented the flying shuttle, allowing single weaver to work twice as fast.

1740

1740

Frederick II Becomes King of Prussia- Frederick II was known as one of the most successful enlightened absolutists due to his adoption of Enlightenment philosophies and successful military campaigns. [2.1]

1740

1740

Start of war of Austrian Succession. The War of Austrian Succession

1748

1748

Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle marks end of War of Austrian Succession.

1748

1748

Diplomatic Revolution.

1748

1748

Montesquieu’s spirit of Laws, a treatise on political theory.