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The Age of Enlightened Despotism

1689-1815

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Peter the Great of Russia: 1672-1725; r. 1682-1725

  • 1689: Peter takes personal rule.
  • 1697: Peter makes his European tour.
  • 1700: The Great Northern War begins.
  • 1703: Peter founds St. Petersburg.
  • 1721: Peace of Nystad end the Great Northern War.
  • 1722: Table of Ranks is issued.
  • 1725: Peter dies.

Catherine the Great of Russia: 1729-96; r. 1762-1796

  • 1762: Catherine becomes empress.
  • 1767: Catherine summons the Legislative Commission.
  • 1771-1775: Pugachev's Rebellion.
  • 1772: First Partition of Poland.
  • 1774: Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji.
  • 1785: Charter of the Nobility.
  • 1793: Second Partition of Poland.
  • 1795: Third Partition of Poland.

Frederick the Great of Prussia: 1712-86; r. 1740-86

  • 1740: Seized Silesia to begin the War of the Austrian Succession
    • Permits freedom of worship and freedom of the press.
  • 1748: Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.  
    • Prussia retains Silesia.
  • 1756-63: The Seven Years War.
  • 1768: The Political Testament.

Joseph II of Austria: 1741-90; r. 1765-90

  • 1765-1780: Joseph II is co-regent with Maria Theresa.
  • 1780: Joseph II begins sole rule.
  • 1784: The constitution of Hungary is abrogated. 

Napoleon I of France: 1769-1821; r. 1799-1815

  • 1799: Consulate is established.
  • 1801: Concordat with the papacy.
  • 1805: Nelson defeats French fleet at Trafalgar.
  • 1806: Battle of Jena.
    • The Continental System begins.
  • 1807: Treaty of Tilsit.
  • 1812: Invasion of Russia.
    • Battle of Borodino.
  • 1813: Battle of the Nations (Battle of Leipzig).
  • 1814: Quadruple Alliance formed.
    • Congress of Vienna convenes.
  • 1815: Napoleon returns from Elba.
    • Battle of Waterloo.
    • Holy Alliance is formed.

 

 

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