· Formation of Austria
o Why do the Habsburgs shift their attention East?
o How do they attempt to assert their control over the region militarily and religiously? Was this limited in any way?
o How did the nobles continue to assert control over the peasantry?
o How did Charles VI ensure that Austria would remain unified after his death?
o Who were the Estates? How did they change after the thirty years’ war, and how did this allow the Great Elector Frederick William to gain power?
o In what ways does the Great Elector assert further control over the Junkers, and why do they agree to this?
o In what ways does Frederick William I assert absolutism over Prussia?