Absolutism to Constitutionalism

Absolutism to Constitutionalism

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Absolute monarchs historically abused their power to make themselves more money while ignoring the needs of their people.

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  • Absolute Monarchs
  • Charles I and the English Civil War
  • You think I can't have an army? I'll show you!
  • Parliament
  • The Interregnum and Cromwell's Rule
  • Behead all the Irish! 
  • Rump Parliament
  • Historically, absolute monarchs abused their power to make more money for themselves while ignoring the needs of their constituents. Parliament was created to protect the rights of the people.
  • The Restoration and Charles II
  • Parliament didn't trust Charles I with an army so Charles I created one anyways and started the English Civil War.
  • The Glorious Revolution
  • After Charles I was killed for treason, Oliver Cromwell came to power and established a military dictatorship in which he killed many Catholics and Irish. The Parliament in office at the time, Rump Parliament, was overruled.
  • William and Mary
  • Charles II was asked back to power by Parliament after the disastrous rule of Cromwell, and Charles II worked well with Parliament at first because of a group of advisors that connected the King to Parliament.
  • Charles II's son, James II, was chased out of the monarchy because he made the Protestants fear the Catholics. The swap of power to William and Mary was bloodless.
  • William and Mary took over rule and gladly shared power with Parliament. Together, they enacted a Bill of Rights for England.
  • Bill of Rights
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