Unit Materials
Enlightenment Unit Outline CP

Enlightenment Unit Outline Honors

Enlightenment Wiki Posting Schedule Honors

A change has been made to the prompt about Catherine the Great. The new question is:
Do you think the rights and freedoms enlightened despots (Frederick II of Prussia, Catherine the Great of Russia, and Joseph II of Austria) make up for them being absolute monarch? Use specific examples from your primary source document to support your answer.
People and Society PowerPoint

Government and Economics PowerPoint

Catherine the Great Primary Source Reading Honors

Revised - Enlightened Despots Reading PDF in place of Catherine the Great Reading


Enlightenment Compare and Contrast with US Government Honors

Mary Wollstonecraft vs. Rousseau Primary Source Reading Honors

Layered Curriculum Assignment Choice Links CP
  • Mary Wollstonecraft - Vindication of the Rights of Women (http:www.bartleby.com/144/ - select the section you’d like to read)
  • Jean-Jacques Rosseau - The Social Contract(http:www.constitution.org/jjr/socon.htm - select the section you’d like to read)
  • Thomas Hobbes - The Leviathan (http:oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/hobbes/leviathan-contents.html - select the section you’d like to read)
  • John Locke - The Second Treatise of Civil Government(http:www.constitution.org/jl/2ndtreat.htm - select the section you’d like to read)
Primary Source Readings:
  • Candide by Voltaire - one of my favorite books! I highly suggest checking it out. Whether you're reading this for scholarly purposes or just to enjoy it's truly great!
  • Two Treatises of Government by John Locke - read about Locke's ideas on the relationship between the people and the sovereigns, and his various ideas such as natural rights!
  • Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes - although we don't really discuss Hobbes and his view on life and government he contributed many interesting and imporatnt views to the Enlightenment. Unlike Locke who generally believes people are good, Hobbes general believes they are bad and that we need strong rulers to control the nasty nature of humans.
  • The Social Contract by Jean - Jacques Rousseau - all about exactly what you think it will be about.
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft - many documents written at this time are all about the rights of men. Some Enlightenment philosophes (such as Rousseau) didn't think women were equal to men. Mary Wollstonecraft set out to prove them wrong. This book was actually written as a response to allegations made by Rousseau that women shouldn't receive educations, and their only role was to stay at home and raise children. She did not agree and expresses that in her book.
  • The Spirit of Laws by Charles de Secondat Montesquieu (also known as Baron de Montesquieu) - in his book he outlines his philosophy on government. This is where the ideas of checks and balances comes from, and the separation of powers in the government so an individual or one branch of the government doesn't get too much power and overrule another. Think about how this is applied in America today.