World History- Absolute and Constitutional Monarchs of Europe

Catherine The Great
circa 1780: Tsarina Catherine II (1729 – 1796) known as Catherine the Great for her many reforms to modernise Russia. Original Artwork: Drawn and engraved by Paolo Carenni (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Research Steps for this Pathfinder

Essential Question: Who were the great monarchs of Europe from 1500- 1800?

This Web page has been designed to assist students in creating a portfolio on a monarch from that time period. Each portfolio should include the following: 

  1. Picture
  2. Description:  Describe the ruler of the country.  Did the ruler have absolute power?  How do you know?  How or why did they come to power?
  3. Facts:  Include interesting facts about the monarch.  List major accomplishments and legacy of this or her country.
  4. Map:  What area did the ruler control? Use a map to show the country and the area controlled during his/ her reign?  Put the information on a timeline.  
  5. Religion:  What was the religion of the country?  Were there any religious conflicts, and if so, what happened?
  6. Source page: List any sources you used- what websites did you take information from?  

Step #1: Find in-depth information from books and ebooks owned by the library by searching in the electronic catalog:
Although the librarian may provide a reserved cart of books for your class’s project, you may want to use the electronic catalog to find a book that is about your specific topic. Type the topic word(s) in the search box and click on ‘subjects.’ If you don’t get any or enough hits, branch out to wider search terms. Use all the information you gained in your initial reading to make a list of relevant search terms and synonyms! THlNK! How can I ask for this information?

Call Number for this topic:  321, 920 and 940

Monarchy – Call #: 321 HAR Harris, Nathaniel, 1937-

Rulers of the Middle Ages -Call #: 920 TIL Tilton, Rafael.

A treasury of royal scandals : the shocking true stories of history’s wickedest, weirdest, most wanton kings, queens, tsars, popes, and emperors
Call #: 920.02 FAR Farquhar, Michael.

World monarchies and dynasties
Call #: 903 WOR consulting editor John Middleton.

Step #2: Find more current or specific information, including magazine articles, in the Library’s databases.
Databases are search engines like Google, but they search a database of journal articles or essays to which the Library has subscribed. These journal articles are not otherwise available on websites. You often can obtain full-text articles and graphic media, which can be printed from the site. These databases are also available from home.
School Databases are accessed from the library homepage.

Note: If you try it from home, you will need the Library’s list of user names and passwords to access the databases.

School databases useful for this project’s research are:
Student Resources in Context

 Gale World History Collection 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 World History- ABC- CLIO-

Brittanica Encyclopedia Online

Brittanica ImageQuest

Step #3: Find Information on the Internet.

Although the librarian has reviewed these sites, you should always make sure you are getting reliable information by checking “Evaluation of Internet Sites“.

Google Arts and Culture- Historical Figures –  This Google Arts & Culture site offers a database filled with images related to current and historical figures. You can search the database alphabetically, or by the century. The number of images varies per person, and, depending on the era, varies in media available. You can find paintings, photographs, illustrations, sculpture, textiles, and more that are part of the person’s life. There is a short biography provided in addition to the images. Click on the images listed under the biography to see larger versions. You’ll often find a discussion of the historical context of the image also included.

Biographies –This video gallery contains biographies of prominent people from all parts of history, all parts of the world, and from all different fields. You will learn all about John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs. You will also learn about Barack Obama, Mao Zedong, Ernest Hemingway, Plato, Socrates, and Alexander the Great. Along with these individual biographies you will also find a series of videos on Charles Darwin, a series on Galileo, and a series on Isaac Newton.

Maria Theresa