Louis XIV of France and the start of the
- 1700-21: Russia supplants Sweden as the dominant Baltic power after the Great Northern War.
- 1701-1714: War of the Spanish Succession was a conflict which involved most of Europe.
- 1702-1715: Camisard Rebellion in France.
- 1703: Saint Petersburg founded by Peter the Great. Russian capital until 1918.
- 1703-1711: The Rákóczi Uprising against the Habsburg Monarchy.
- 1707: Act of Union passed merging the Scottish and the English Parliaments, thus establishing The Kingdom of Great Britain.
- 1707: After Aurangzeb's death, the Mughal Empire enters a long decline.
- 1708-1709: Famine killed one-third of East Prussia's population.
- 1715: First Jacobite Rebellion breaks out
- 1715: Louis XIV died leaving France deep in debt.
- 1718: City of New Orleans founded by the French in North America
- 1720: The South Sea Bubble
- 1720-1721: The Great Plague of Marseille
- 1721: Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of Great Britain (de facto).
- 1721: Treaty of Nystad signed, ending the Great Northern War.
- 1722-23: Russo-Persian War
- 1722: Afghans conquered Iran, ending the Safavid dynasty.
- 1722: Kangxi Emperor of China died.
- 1723: Slavery abolished in Russia. Peter the Great converted the household slaves into house serfs.
- 1726: The enormous Chinese encyclopedia Gujin Tushu Jicheng of over 100 million written Chinese characters in over 800,000 pages is printed in 60 different copies using copper-based Chinese movable type printing.
- 1733-38: War of the Polish Succession
- 1735-39: Russo-Turkish War
- 1735-99: The Qianlong Emperor of China oversaw a huge expansion in territory.
- 1736: Nadir Shah assumed title of Shah of Persia and founded the Afsharid dynasty. Ruled until his death in 1747.
- 1736: Qing Dynasty Chinese court painters recreate Zhang Zeduan's classic panoramic painting, Along the River During Qingming Festival.
- 1738-1756: Famine across the Sahel, half the population of Timbuktu died.
- 1739: Nadir Shah defeated the Mughals and sacked Delhi.
- 1740: Frederick the Great comes to power in Prussia.
- 1740-1741: Famine in Ireland killed ten per cent of the population.
- 1740-48: War of the Austrian Succession
- 1741: Russians began settling the Aleutian Islands.
- 1745: Second Jacobite Rebellion began in Scotland.
- 1747: Ahmed Shah Durrani founded the Durrani Empire in modern day Afghanistan.
- 1750: Peak of the Little Ice Age
- 1755: The Lisbon earthquake
- 1756-63: Seven Years' War fought among European powers in various theaters around the world.
- 1757: Battle of Plassey signaled the beginning of British rule in India.
- 1760: George III became King of Britain.
- 1762-96: Reign of Catherine the Great of Russia.
- 1766-99: Anglo-Mysore Wars
- 1767: Burmese conquered the Ayutthaya kingdom.
- 1768: Gurkhas conquered Nepal.
- 1768-1774: Russo-Turkish War
- 1769: Spanish missionaries established the first of 21 missions in California.
- 1769-73: The Bengal famine of 1770 killed one third of the Bengal population.
- 1770-1771: Famine in Czech lands killed hundreds of thousands.
- 1771: The Plague Riot in Moscow.
- 1772-1795: The Partitions of Poland ended the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and erased Poland from the map for 123 years.
- 1772: Gustav III of Sweden stages a coup d'état and takes big political power, becoming almost an absolute monarch.
- 1773-1775: The Pugachev's Rebellion was the largest peasant revolt in Russia's history.
- 1775 John Harrison H4 and Larcum Kendall K1 Marine chronometers are used to measure longitude by James Cook on his Second voyage (1772-1775)
- 1775-1782: First Anglo-Maratha War
- 1775-1783: American Revolutionary War
- 1779-1879: Xhosa Wars between British and Boer settlers and the Xhosas in South African Republic
- 1781: Spanish settlers founded Los Angeles.
- 1781-1785: Serfdom abolished in the Austrian monarchy (first step; second step in 1848)
- 1783: Famine in Iceland caused by Laki eruption.
- 1783: Russian Empire annexed the Crimean Khanate.
- 1785-95: Northwest Indian War between the United States and Native Americans
- 1787: Freed slaves from London founded Freetown in present-day Sierra Leone.
- 1787-1792: Russo-Turkish War
- 1788: First European settlement established in Australia at Sydney.
- 1789: George Washington elected President of the United States. Served until 1797.
- 1789-99: The French Revolution
- 1791-1804: The Haitian Revolution
- 1792-1815: The Great French War started as the French Revolutionary Wars which lead into the Napoleonic Wars.
- 1792: New York Stock & Exchange Board founded.
- 1793: Upper Canada bans slavery.
- 1793-1796: Revolt in the Vendée against the French Republic at the time of the Revolution.
- 1794: Polish revolt
- 1795: Pinckney's Treaty between the United States and Spain granted the Mississippi Territory to the US.
- 1796: British ejected Dutch from Ceylon.
- 1796-1804: The White Lotus Rebellion against the Manchu Dynasty in China.
- 1797: Napoleon's invasion and partition of the Republic of Venice ended over 1,000 years of independence for the Serene Republic.
- 1798: The Irish Rebellion failed to overthrow British rule in Ireland.
- 1798-1800: Quasi-War between the United States and France.
- 1799: Napoleon staged a coup d'état and became dictator of France.
- 1799: Dutch East India Company is dissolved.
- Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician
- Ahmad Shah Abdali, Afghan King
- Ueda Akinari, Japanese writer
- Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer
- Jean le Rond d'Alembert, French mathematician, physicist and encyclopedist
- Queen Anne, British monarch
- Aurangzeb, Mughal Emperor
- Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer
- Laura Bassi, Italian scientist, the first European female college teacher
- George Berkeley, Irish empiricist philosopher
- Pierre Beaumarchais, French writer
- Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher and reformer
- Daniel Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and physicist
- William Blake, English artist and poet
- François Boucher, French painter
- Edmund Burke, British statesman and philosopher
- Robert Burns, Scottish poet
- Giacomo Casanova, Venetian adventurer, writer and womanizer
- Catherine the Great, Russian Tsaritsa
- Cao Xueqin, Chinese writer
- Alexis Clairault, French mathematician
- James Cook, British navigator
- François Couperin, French composer
- Denis Diderot, French writer and philosopher
- Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist
- Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician
- Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French painter
- Benjamin Franklin, American scientist and statesman
- Frederick the Great, Prussian monarch
- Thomas Gainsborough, English painter
- Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, physicist and astronomer
- King George III, British monarch
- Christoph Willibald Gluck, German composer
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer
- Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist, composer, and music theorist.
- George Frideric Handel, German-English composer
- Alexander Hamilton, American statesman
- Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer
- Eliza Haywood, English writer
- William Hogarth, English painter and engraver
- David Hume, Scottish philosopher
- Thomas Jefferson, American statesman
- Edward Jenner, English inventor of vaccination
- Jiang Tingxi, Chinese artist and scholar
- Samuel Johnson, British writer and literary critic
- Joseph II, Austrian Emperor
- Kangxi Emperor, China
- Immanuel Kant, German philosopher
- Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, French writer
- Joseph Louis Lagrange, Italian-French mathematician and physicist
- Pierre Simon Laplace, French physicist and mathematician
- John Law, Scottish economist
- Mikhail Lomonosov, Russian scientist
- Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist
- Adrien-Marie Legendre, French mathematician
- Alphonsus Liguori, Italian bishop, founder of Redemptorists, Saint
- Carolus Linnaeus (Carl von Linné), Swedish biologist
- Louis XV of France, French monarch
- Louis XVI of France, French monarch
- James Madison, American statesman
- Maria Theresa of Austria, Austrian Empress
- Marie Antoinette, Austrian-born Queen of France
- Michikinikwa, Miami tribe chief and war leader
- Honoré Mirabeau French writer and politician
- Charles de Secondat, French thinker
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer
- Nadir Shah, Persian King
- Thomas Paine, British intellectual
- Peter I of Russia (Peter the Great), Russian Tsar
- Pius VI, Roman Pope
- François-André Danican Philidor, French composer and chess master
- Marquis of Pombal, Portuguese Prime Minister
- Alexander Pope, British poet
- Qianlong Emperor, China
- Francis II Rákóczi, prince of Hungary and Transylvania, Revolutionary leader
- Jean-Philippe Rameau, French composer
- Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Italian-born Russian architect
- Sir Joshua Reynolds, British painter
- Maximilien Robespierre, French revolutionary leader
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French writer and philosopher
- Marquis de Sade, French writer and philosopher
- Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer.
- Friedrich Schiller, German writer
- John Small, English cricketer
- Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher
- Laurence Sterne, British writer
- Edward "Lumpy" Stevens, English cricketer
- Alexander Suvorov, Russian military leader
- Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish scientist, thinker and mystic
- Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish satirist
- Toussaint L'Ouverture, Haitian revolutionary leader
- Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian revolutionary
- Kitagawa Utamaro, Japanese printmaker and painter
- Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer
- Voltaire, French writer and philosopher
- Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab, Arab Islamic theologian and founder of Wahhabism
- Robert Walpole, British Prime Minister
- George Washington, American general and first President of USA
- James Watt, Scottish scientist and inventor
- Antoine Watteau, French painter
- John Wesley, British churchman, founder of Methodism
- Mary Wollstonecraft, British writer and feminist
- William Pitt, British Prime Minister
- Yuan Mei, Chinese poet, scholar and artist
- Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, German religious writer and bishop
- Antonio Stradivari, violin maker in Cremona, Italy
Inventions, discoveries, introductions
- 1709: The first piano was built by Bartolomeo Cristofori
- 1712: Steam Engine invented by Thomas Newcomen.
- 1717: The diving bell was successfully tested by Edmond Halley, sustainable to a depth of 55 ft.
- c. 1730: The octant navigational tool was developed by John Hadley in England, and Thomas Godfrey in America
- 1736: Europeans discovered rubber - the discovery was made by Charles-Marie de la Condamine while on expedition in South America. It was named in 1770 by Joseph Priestly
- c. 1740: Modern steel was developed by Benjamin Huntsman
- 1741: Vitus Bering discovered Alaska
- 1745: The Leyden jar invented by Ewald von Kleist was the first electrical capacitor
- 1751 - 1785: The French Encyclopédie
- 1755: The English Dictionary by Samuel Johnson
- 1755: The tallest wooden Bodhisattva statue in the world is erected at Puning Temple, Chengde, China.
- 1764: The Spinning Jenny created by James Hargreaves brought on the Industrial Revolution
- 1765: James Watt enhances Newcomen's steam engine, allowing new steel technologies
- 1761: The problem of Longitude was finally resolved by the fourth chronometer of John Harrison
- 1768–1779: James Cook mapped the boundaries of the Pacific Ocean and discovered many Pacific Islands
- 1771: The enormous Putuo Zongcheng Temple complex of Chengde, China is completed
- 1773–1782: The Qing Dynasty huge literary compilation Siku Quanshu
- 1776: The Wealth of Nations, foundation of the modern theory of economy, was published by Adam Smith
- 1779: Photosynthesis was first discovered by Jan Ingenhousz of the Netherlands
- 1798: Edward Jenner publishes a treatise about smallpox vaccination
- 1799: Rosetta stone discovered by Napoleon's troops
- Over the period 1700 to 1750 tea establishes itself as the British national drink.
Decades and years
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