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Research Links

The Internet contains a wealth of information, but sometimes it's a little tricky to find what you need. Whether you are researching a specific topic, completing an assigned activity, or simply trying to learn more about the world around you, your search can begin sooner than you think!

By using the preselected Web sites provided below you will be able to narrow your search, answer assigned questions, and save precious time. Simply follow the links to find valuable research materials and activity support. There's a lot of information in here, happy hunting!

Section 1: Spain's Empire and European Absolutism

Phillip II (1527–1598) http://www.luminarium.org/ encyclopedia/ philip2.htm
Text-only biography of Phillip II.

Absolute Monarchy and Enlightened Absolutism http://www.wsu.edu/ ~dee/ ENLIGHT/ ABSOLUTE.HTM
Discussion of the various forms absolutism took in Europe during the 18th century

Section 2: France's Ultimate Monarch

Louis XIV http://history.hanover.edu/ early/ louisxiv.html
Informative accounts of Louis XIV by those who knew him, with links to related sites.

The Court of Louis XIV http://www.fordham.edu/ halsall/ mod/ 17stsimon.html
Description of the Court of Louis XIV by one of its noble residents, the Duc de Saint-Simon.

Section 3: Central European Monarchs Clash

Frederick the Great's Military Instructions to Generals http://www.pattonhq.com/ militaryworks/ frederick.html
Exhaustive list of instructions from Frederick to his generals with some links to diagrams.

The Thirty Years War http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/ thirty_years_war.htm
Links to articles about the causes and outcomes of the Thirty Years War

Section 4: Russian Czars Increase Power

Romanov Time Line http://www2.sptimes.com/ Treasures/ TC.2.3.html
Portraits of the Russian czars from Peter the Great until Paul I, with links to brief biographies.

The Romanovs http://www.geographia.com/ russia/ rushis04.htm
Overview of the rule of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and their legacies for Russia.

Section 5: Parliament Limits the English Monarchy

Charles I http://www.britannia.com/ history/ monarchs/ mon47.html
A biography and portrait of Charles I.

English Civil War http://history.boisestate.edu/ westciv/ english/
Brief articles on many of the events and people important in the English Civil War.

Oliver Cromwell http://www.britannia.com/ history/ monarchs/ mon48.html
A biography and portrait of Oliver Cromwell, within an excellent Web site on British history.