The World of the 17th Century

The World of the 17th Century

Chapter Outcomes

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify the historically significant people and events of the 17th century
  • Discuss the characteristics of the world’s people groups, nations, and empires in the 17th century
  • Explain the significance of the Peace of Westphalia and its impact on the development of the nation-state in Europe
  • Identify the chief characteristics of the Tokuwaga Shogunante and explain its similarities to and differences from European Absolutism
  • Describe the Scientific Revolution and its impact on world history
  • Identify the significant scientists of the 17th century and their contributions

Questions to Guide your Reading

  1. How do the events of the 17th century explain the rise of the nation-state in Europe?
  2. What was revolutionary about the Scientific Revolution? How did it challenge accepted truths from the Middle Ages?
  3. How was the slave trade in Africa different from and similar to the Atlantic Slave trade which developed in the 16th century?
  4. What were the causes of the Thirty Years War?
  5. What was the Peace of Westphalia and what was its significance in world history?
  6. Who were the important leaders of the 17th century Scientific Revolution and what new ideas did they introduce?
  7. Was the Scientific Revolution a “European-only” movement? Why or why not?
  8. How was European science received in the non-European cultures of the Middle East and Asia?


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