Monday, September 26, 2011

26th of September 2011

Luis XIV

Today in Social Sciences, at the beginning of the lesson, Paqui has reminded some people that they have to comment on the blog this week. Then, we have checked the exercises we had about the economy of the 17th century.
The first one was about the manufactures, which were big workshops where merchants provided tools and raw materials and workers recieved a salary in exchange for their work. Then, the merchants sold their products in markets.
The second one was about international trade routes; sea routes were consolidated in the 16th century and in the 17th century appeared a new route (the triangular trade) which linked Europe, Africa and America.
The third one was about the new countries that broke the monopoly of the Hispanic Monarchy and Portugal, and they were England, France and Holland.
The fourth exercise was about trading companies and in this exercise we have copied the definition from the Powerpoint: companies dedicated to trade, whose shareholders invested money in a commercial business and recieved benefits in proportion to their investments.
In the last one we had to explain the Thirty Years' War and the Westphalia Treaty. This war from 1618 to 1648, confronted the Protestant kingdoms of the north of Europe with the Catholic kingdoms of the south of Europe and finished with the Westphalia Treaty, that had some consequences: All the kingdoms accepted the Peace of Augsburg, independence of the Low Countries, the kingdom of France became hegemonic and the consolidation of State-nations and Absolute Monarchy.
After this, Paqui has shown us a Powerpoint about Absolute Monarchy while she was explaining it. She has explained us that kings went on consolidating their authority over their subjects (over the privileged groups). Some wise men wrote books saying that the kings' power came from God, so they "proclaimed" themselves as untouchable; their decisions were unquestionable although the Parliaments limited their power, so they avoided to call the Parliaments. Luis XIV of France (also known as the Sun King) moved the court to Versailles and he entertained the nobles with parties to control them and to avoid revolts. Then, he created the post of intendant to control the government of the provinces.
After, Paqui has explained us The English Revolutions. From the Middle Ages the kings' power was limited by the Parliament and some kings such as Charles I wanted to rule as an absolute Monarch but later he was decapitated.
We have learned some expressions like HABEAS CORPUS (you can't be arrested if you haven't committed a crime or anything against the law and it was established by the deputies to limit the power of the king in 1660), To get rid of (deshacerse de) and Mercenary ( proffessional soldier who fights in exchange for money).
Finally, Paqui has given us some exercises for homework: 8,9 and 10 from page 117.


daniel pintado said...

bea you can explain the exercices we have checked (do a small summery about them...youcan add a`photography about Charles I when the town decapitate him...Good work!

Beatriz Antequera said...

Yes... I know ,that part is too long..

Laura Meco said...

Very good journal Bea! You have worked very hard.
I think you could explain the Habeas Corpus was established by the deputies to limit the power of the king in 1660.
You could also add the consequences for the English Revolutions, and that the new king in England William of Orange, had to swear the Bill of the Rights. England was the first country to have a limited monarchy, with the separation of the executive and legislative powers.
Anyway, very well done!
Bye bye!

Laura Meco said...

Another interesting thing you can add is that Louis XIV was also known as the Sun King.

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello Bea and company,

Good work. The journal is very complete and the suggestions to improve it are very good. One think you could add is Laura´s reaction to the Habeas Corpus. I think it´s interesting because she has took for granted something that didn´t exist in the 17th century and this is a good example of how important fighting for rights is.

Have a good night.

Laura Meco said...

Yeah, it has been shoking for me! jajaj

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello again,

For the students who hadn´t participated yet, there are some spelling mistakes on this post you could find and correct and you can also add some more information about some things we commented during the lesson: about Versailles Palace, about Habeas Corpus, a synomym of the verb "to decapitate"... Come on!

beatriz yuste said...

Paqui I find a book about this called " Absolute monarchy and the stuart constitution

Sara Gil Martín-Serrano said...

Well, I think that Paqui and Laura haver reason but anyway you really did a good work! ;)

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello Sara,
Just one comment: we don´t say in English "to have reason", but "to be right". So the correct sentence would be... Could you correct it?

Read again Bea´s post and try to find some (very few) spelling mistakes she made.

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello Bea,

You "found or have found". You can´t say "I find" because this means that you´re constantly finding the same book. It would be like in the film "Groundhog day". The main character lives the same day over and over again.

The Stuart Constitution refers to the way of ruling of the Stuart dynasty. Do you remember what they tried to do?

Be very careful about what you write. See you tomorrow.

Beatriz Antequera said...

Paqui, have a look on my post because I've checked some spelling mistakes but I don't know if there is any other left.

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello Bea,

The spelling mistakes are these:

At the beginning of the 6th paragraph, "after these". In this same paragraph, the word "proclamed". Now you can correct them.

You should also change "trade companies" for "trading companies". There was a mistake on the book.

That´s it. Your post is quite good. Try to read the new posts and participate in the challenge or in the text comment. Have a nice weekend.