9780582056176

The Myth of Absolutism: Change & Continuity in Early Modern European Monarchy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780582056176

  • ISBN10:

    0582056179

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1992-09-21
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Conventionally, ''absolutism'' in early-modern Europe has suggested unfettered autocracy and despotism -- the erosion of rights, the centralisation of decision-making, the loss of liberty. Everything, in a word, that was un-British but characteristic of ancien-regime France. Recently historians have questioned such comfortably simplistic views. This lively investigation of ''absolutism'' in action -- continent-wide but centred on a detailed comparison of France and England -- dissolves the traditional picture to reveal a much more complex reality; and in so doing illuminates the varied ways in which early-modern Europe was governed.

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