Hi, I’m Benjamín, I’m going to explain what we have done today in Social Sciences class.
At the beginning of the class we have handed in the project “My Travel Journal”. Then Paqui has copied the index of the Unit 2; “The 18th century and the crysis of the ancient régime.” on the blackboard.
The main contents of the unit are:
- The Ancient Régime.
- Political changes.
- Spain in the 18th century.
Then Paqui has started to explain: THE ANCIENT RÉGIME.
Definition: The Ancient Régime (Old Régime) was a term used by the French revolutionaries to define all they wanted to get rid of. It refers to the features of the European societies during the Modern Age (15th-18th centuries):
· Politics: Absolute Monarchy was the predominant political system; the king held all the power.
· Society: it was based on inequality and divided into estates; there were two groups of people:
-Privileged: they were nobles and clergy.
-Underprivileged: they were the bourgeoisie, the workers and the peasants.
· Economy: the main economic activity was subsistence agriculture.
After the Ancien Régime, Paqui has explained a little bit about the power pyramid and the population pyramid, which I have included below:
Source: Population Pyramid
Source: Power Pyramid
After that, Paqui has explained to us The Changes in the 18th century:
-it was a period of relative peace in Europe
-population grew considerably in Europe
-the population increased led to a bigger demand for all type of products.
Paqui has also explained that in this unit we could choose between taking the exam of this unit or doing a project. If we choose the project, we will have to write a song about the contents of the unit.
-Angry smurf: pitufo gruñón
-Get rid of: deshacerse
-Inland trade: comercio interior
For homework we have to finish the scheme of the Ancien Régime.