ROOTS OF ATLANTIC REVOLUTIONS: c1450-1750 Where did the authority of traditional political regimes lay in most settled agricultural societies we have examined? In other words, what gave the rulers the ability to rule or what did they claim gave them the right to rule? When would these rulers be challenged? What developments in politics and society occurred during the early modern era (1450-1750) in Western Europe that would cause persons to rethink their systems of government and place in society? THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: 1775-1783 What were the goals of Revolutionary British citizens in the 13 North American colonies that revolted? What role did France play in the American Revolution? What form of government was established in the United States of America following their Revolution? Who missed out on the reforms that occurred as a result of the American Revolution?