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Age of Absolutism

U.S. policies rooted in colonial era

America was only "a pawn on the European chessboard," a side-show until the French and Indian War that began in Ohio 1754. The colonists then became willing to fight for own interests but were repeatedly betrayed by European policies. The Americans developed a desire to be isolated from the wars of Europe, but Americans would be involved in all 9 "world wars" 1688-1945. America was geographically isolated but "a thousand different cords" tied it to Europe.

Absolutism begins

Louis 14th -"Sun King"

Versailles - symbol of absolutism

War for Empire

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