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Unit Five Revolutions and Nationalism
Catherine the Great - Grade: C. I gave her a C because she chose to be loyal to the Nobles who were her way of keeping the throne and control over the country. She started out concerned for the welfare of the Serfs, but quickly realized that the Nobles were her way of maintaining the Monarchy.
Louis XIV - Grade: C. I gave Louis XIV a C for running the country in the ground by continuing to fight wars by imposing higher taxes to finance them. Although he did make the arts and literature popular, he chose to surround himself by only the highest nobles and keep himself separated from the commoners.
Philip II - Grade B. I'm giving Philip II a B. He had a large empire that made him very wealthy. His wealth allowed him to maintain a strong army. Even when the Armada was defeated by England, Spain's large wealth kept keep it looking strong.
Peter the Great - Grade: B. I give him an B for succeeding in his massive reformation of Russia. He grew a strong navy and army. Peter advanced the people by commerce and industry. He was a cruel leader that imposed high taxes and was quick to stop any rebellion.
Charles I - Grade: F. Charles battle with Spain and France kept him broke. He would constantly ask Parliament for money and would disband them when they declined. He ultimately had to reach out to Parliament for money and they agreed when he signed the Petition of Right document. He chose to ignore it after he was given the money. To get the money that he needed, he forced the English people to pay high fees and fines.
Scientific revolution affects my life by the advances in medicine. Harvey figured out how the heart worked by dissecting it and learned that blood passed through out the entire body. Even today, there are still discoveries being made on the heart and transplants are possible. Jenner introduced the small pox vaccine. There are vaccines today that prevent many childhood illnesses like Chicken Pox and Measles. They are currently working on a vaccine that may one day prevent different forms of cancer.
Nationalism is the belief that one's greatest loyalty should not be to a king or an empire but to a nation of people who share a common culture and history.
The pros of nationalism are nation-states, can be used to make great technological advances, and it helps unite the people.
The cons of nationalism are revolts, wars, going against the people, and being used in the wrong way instead of trying to make things better.