Absolute Monarchy in Russia


Normally we look at Absolute Monarchy in England before we discuss Russia but since we are behind we will look at Russia now and discuss England when we return after the holidays.

The story of absolute monarchy and Russia is the story of the struggle between traditional Russian culture and the advances of Western European culture. You will examine 3 rulers of Russia, Ivan IV(known as Ivan the Terrible), Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great.


You will be responsible for studying this section on your own. There may be classroom time available after you finish your Oliver Cromwell character worksheet in class. As you examine this section make sure you watch the videos below, read the textbook readings found in the links below and then lastly use the powerpoint as notes and a supplement.

Ivan the Terrible

Peter the Great


Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great

Absolute Rulers of Russia Textbook Reading

Catherine the Great Textbook Reading

Absolute Monarchs in Russia Powerpoint

Absolute Monarchs in Russia Guided Notes

After an examination of Russia you will look at King Louis XIV again by completing an 8 block worksheet.



Take a Virtual Tour of the Palace of Versailles

You will go to a website featuring a virtual tour of the Palace of Versailles. You must examine 5 areas of the Palace and as you examine each area take notes and pay special attention to how the Palace reflects Louis XIV’s view of himself and monarchy. You can choose any areas of the Palace but everyone must examine the Hall of Mirrors(which also played a major role in the Paris Peace talks that ended WWI). When you finish summarize in a least 2 paragraphs by answering the following question: How does the Palace of Versailles reflect the desire of Louis XIV to be an absolute ruler & to be known as the Sun King?


First we will watch the video below

Chateau de Versailles - Galerie des Glaces

There are several sites that will give you a tour

Virtual Tour of the Palace of Versailles Website

Virtual Tour of the Gardens and Outside

Google Street Map Tour (No Tourists in the Pics)

Official Versailles Website( More information and Pictures)

Use the Worksheet below to record your impressions and thoughts as you take your tour. Then write at least 2 paragraphs answering the following question: How does the Palace of Versailles reflect the desire of Louis XIV to be an absolute ruler & to be known as the Sun King?

Virtual Tour of Versailles Worksheet

Palace of Versailles Powerpoint