This is a 20 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Austria, Prussia and the Enlightened Despots. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
Germany, from the beginning of the 1700s was dominated by 2 families, the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns. They ruled Austria and Prussia respectively. Throughout the 1700s they vied with each other to control northern and eastern Europe. The Hapsburgs began the period as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. The Hohenzollerns began as one of the 7 electors of that Emperor (Elector of Brandenburg).
The two leading states in Germany took divergent paths to power. The Austrian Hapsburgs faced outward, snapping up territories here and there around Europe. In spite of internal reforms they could never completely consolidate their gains. In Prussia, however, the growth was Germanic for the most part. The Brandenburg-Prussian Hohenzollerns unified their territories and created an efficient kingdom where the best and brightest were recruited into the military and government.
The Hapsburgs would long have the upper hand, but eventually the Hohenzollerns would provide the nucleus for a state that would one day, briefly, conquer nearly all of Europe.
The presentation covers the following:
Prussia’s Rise to Power
Otto von Bismarck
Early Austrian Empire
War of the Spanish Succession
Prussia Becomes a Kingdom
Frederick William I
The Pragmatic Sanction
The War of the Austrian Succession
The Enlightened Despots
Three Partitions of Poland
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... German & Italian Unification.