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belief that king was established by God and therefore had absolute power and was not bound by human law
French political upheavals between 1648 and 1653 aimed at challenging the power of the king; last serious attempt to limit the power of the king until the French Revolution
Prussian nobility who worked closely with the electors in governing the country and serving as officers in the Prussian army
balance of power
the goal of European nations to ensure that no nation would dominate Europe; involved the formation of alliances
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