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The early seventeenth century was a time of great change in Europe

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The early seventeenth century was a time of great change in Europe. It saw the rise of absolute monarchs, the Thirty Years' War, and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution. This period also saw a flourishing of literature and art, as well as advances in science and technology. In politics, this period marked the beginning of absolute monarchy in many countries. The most notable example is Louis XIV's reign in France from 1643 to 1715. He centralized power around himself and created an elaborate court system that allowed him to control his subjects more effectively than ever before. Other European countries followed suit, creating their own absolutist regimes during this time period. The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) was one of the most destructive wars in European history. It began as a religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants but eventually became a struggle for power between major European states such as France, Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Prussia. The war resulted in millions of deaths due to disease or battle wounds as well as widespread destruction throughout Europe's cities and countryside alike. At the same time that Europe was embroiled in war, there were also advances being made in science and technology that would lay the foundation for future progress during what is known today as "the Scientific Revolution".