~ the complete or absolute control of a monarch over his or her people.
Absolute monarchs claimed that they ruled by the will of God and were
responsible only to God. This
belief is called the
Right of Kings.
features of Absolutism:
rulers held nations together; they unified nations and gave citizens a sense of
built trade and industry.
encouraged the growth of literature and science.
Features of Absolutism:
people had no voice in how they were governed.
people had to pay for an idle and privileged nobility while suffering in poverty
rulers were often involved in wars that cost many lives.
to fight in wars, monarchs taxed the peasants heavily.
were often ruled without consistency. Citizens
were at the whim of the ruler.