What is Absolutism? Unit 5: Trends That Challenged Tradition Source Investigation 5.B Target: I can identify the characteristics of Absolutism to use as evidence in a written response. Instructions: The early nations of Europe were built around a strong, centralized government. Today, your task is to investigate the common characteristics of these early European governments. After investigating historical evidence, your task is to create a definition that captures the very elements that describe Absolutism at Work. Who rules the country? Philip II Spain Louis XIV France Peter the Great Russia Frederick III Norway What powers do they have? Where do they get their power from? Are there any limits/checks to their power?