The Origins of French Absolutism 1598 1661

The Origins of French Absolutism  1598 1661
Author: Alan James
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2014-01-14
ISBN: 1317878906
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of French Absolutism 1598 1661 Book Excerpt:

This controversial study takes the provocative line that the French monarchy was a complete success. James turns the idea of royal ‘absolutism’ on its head by redefining the French monarchy’s success from 1598 - 1661. The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 maintains that building blocks were not being laid by the so-called architects of absolutism, but that by satisfying long-established, traditional ambitions, cardinal ministers Richelieu and Mazarin undoubtedly made the confident, ambitious reign of the late century possible.

The Origins of French Absolutism 1598 1661

The Origins of French Absolutism  1598 1661
Author: Alan James
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2014-01-14
ISBN: 1317878892
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of French Absolutism 1598 1661 Book Excerpt:

This controversial study takes the provocative line that the French monarchy was a complete success. James turns the idea of royal ‘absolutism’ on its head by redefining the French monarchy’s success from 1598 - 1661. The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 maintains that building blocks were not being laid by the so-called architects of absolutism, but that by satisfying long-established, traditional ambitions, cardinal ministers Richelieu and Mazarin undoubtedly made the confident, ambitious reign of the late century possible.

The Birth of Absolutism

The Birth of Absolutism
Author: Yves Marie Bercé
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 262
Release: 1996
ISBN: 9780312158002
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Birth of Absolutism Book Excerpt:

Yves-Marie Berce's THE BIRTH OF ABSOLUTISM offers a refreshingly original approach to the history of France between the Edict of Nantes and the personal rule of Louis XIV, a period dominated by the names of two cardinals - Richelieu and Mazarin. Berce brings to the task not only familiarity with the sources and with French historiography, but also a thorough knowledge of the large body of English and American research on seventeenth-century France. This has enabled him to escape the diminishing perspective of the older French school, the 'grand history told from Paris' which reduced the course of events to an account of the inevitable triumph of the 'Royal state'. Berce emphasises the degree to which the French Crown remained beset by an aristocratic faction only too ready to avail itself of royal minorities, religious dissent or provincial grievances in the pursuit of its own ambitions.

The Birth of Absolutism

The Birth of Absolutism
Author: Yves-Marie Bercé
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1995-11-15
ISBN: 9780312158071
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Birth of Absolutism Book Excerpt:

Yves-Marie Bercé's The Birth of Absolutism offers a refreshingly original approach to the history of France between the Edict of Nantes and the personal rule of Louis XIV, a period dominated by the names of two cardinals, Richelieu and Mazarin. Berce brings to the task not only familiarity with the sources and with the French historiography, but also a thorough acquaintance with the large body of English and American research upon seventeenth-century France. This has enabled him to escape the diminishing perspective of an older French school, the 'grand history told from Paris' which subordinated the course of events to an account of the inevitable triumph of the 'Royal state'. Bercé's vision of French history is not of a 'one-way ticket to the future'. The French Crown is beset by aristocratic faction only too ready to avail itself of royal minorities, religious dissent or provincial grievances in the pursuit of its own ambitions. Richelieu is not only the brilliant strategist with a mission to undermine Habsburg hegemony in Europe, he is also a political gambler, staking the very stability of the kingdom on an interventionist foreign policy which was sometimes saved from utter disaster only by the fortunes of battle. Mazarin is not only the mentor of Louis XIV, but a deft operator with an uncanny ability to come back from the political dead. Bercé's own researches into provincial history are put to good effect in showing how the fiscal and military demands of war created social and economic strains which provoked regular peasant risings and culminated in the more organised and threatening opposition of the Fronde. The story of early seventeenth-century France is thus one which might have turned out very differently. It is still, in the end, a story of the rise of absolutism: but it is a highly resistible, and often fiercely resisted rise.

The Maritime World of Early Modern Britain

The Maritime World of Early Modern Britain
Author: Richard Blakemore,James Davey
Publsiher: Amsterdam University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-09-23
ISBN: 9048542979
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Maritime World of Early Modern Britain Book Excerpt:

Britain's emergence as one of Europe's major maritime powers has all too frequently been subsumed by nationalistic narratives that focus on operations and technology. This volume, by contrast, offers a daring new take on Britain's maritime past. It brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the manifold ways in which the sea shaped British history, demonstrating the number of approaches that now have a stake in defining the discipline of maritime history. The chapters analyse the economic, social, and cultural contexts in which English maritime endeavour existed, as well as discussing representations of the sea. The contributors show how people from across the British Isles increasingly engaged with the maritime world, whether through their own lived experiences or through material culture. The volume also includes essays that investigate encounters between English voyagers and indigenous peoples in Africa, and the intellectual foundations of imperial ambition.

From Mutual Observation to Propaganda War

From Mutual Observation to Propaganda War
Author: Malte Griesse
Publsiher: transcript Verlag
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2014-03-31
ISBN: 3839426421
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Mutual Observation to Propaganda War Book Excerpt:

The Arab spring, protest movements in the EU, Russia, Turkey or elsewhere, are often labeled as twitter-revolutions. A crucial role is attributed to the new media, coverage of events abroad and ensuing mutual reactions. With the dissemination of print, revolts in early-modern times faced the challenge of a similar media-revolution. This influenced the very face of the events that could become full-fledged propaganda wars once the insurgents had won access to the printing press. But it also had an impact on revolt-narratives. Governments severely persecuted dissident views in such delicate issues as revolts. Observers abroad had no such divided loyalties and were freer to reflect upon the events. Therefore, the book focuses mainly on representations of revolts across borders.

Aspects of Violence in Renaissance Europe

Aspects of Violence in Renaissance Europe
Author: Jonathan Davies
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2016-04-08
ISBN: 1317178068
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aspects of Violence in Renaissance Europe Book Excerpt:

Interest in the history of violence has increased dramatically over the last ten years and recent studies have demonstrated the productive potential for further inquiry in this field. The early modern period is particularly ripe for further investigation because of the pervasiveness of violence. Certain countries may have witnessed a drop in the number of recorded homicides during this period, yet homicide is not the only marker of a violent society. This volume presents a range of contributions that look at various aspects of violence from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries, from student violence and misbehaviour in fifteenth-century Oxford and Paris to the depiction of war wounds in the English civil wars. The book is divided into three sections, each clustering chapters around the topics of interpersonal and ritual violence, war, and justice and the law. Informed by the disciplines of anthropology, criminology, the history of art, literary studies, and sociology, as well as history, the contributors examine all forms of violence including manslaughter, assault, rape, riots, war and justice. Previous studies have tended to emphasise long-term trends in violent behaviour but one must always be attentive to the specificity of violence and these essays reveal what it meant in particular places and at particular times.

The First World War

The First World War
Author: Stuart Robson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2014-09-11
ISBN: 1317865812
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The First World War Book Excerpt:

This is a compelling account of the First World War. It offers clear analysis of the war on land, sea, and air, and considers the impact of the war on Europe's civilian population. Issues addressed include the relationship between war and industrialisation, trench warfare, the long term effects of the war on changing social structures, and economic and demographic consequences. The main text is supplemented by a rich selection of primary source material (from songs, soldiers' slang, to diary accounts).

The British Women s Suffrage Campaign 1866 1928

The British Women s Suffrage Campaign  1866 1928
Author: Harold L. Smith
Publsiher: Pearson Education
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9781405832847
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The British Women s Suffrage Campaign 1866 1928 Book Excerpt:

This is an introductory guide which traces the entire suffrage campaign from its origins in the 1860s to the achievement of equal suffrage in 1928. It includes new material on the 1920s campaign based on the author's own research.

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War
Author: Mitchell K. Hall
Publsiher: Pearson Education
Total Pages: 143
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9781405824705
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Vietnam War Book Excerpt:

An essential guide to the Vietnam war that takes the story through to 1975 and the North Vietnamese victory. Provides fresh insight into the role of other major powers, in particular Chinaand the Soviet Union Contains enhanced detail in areas such as American military and political decision-making; as well as clarifying the Vietnamese Communists political decisions and conduct throughout the war Benefits from valuable additional resources such as documents, chronology, glossary, guide to characters and a detailed bibliography

India under Colonial Rule 1700 1885

India under Colonial Rule  1700 1885
Author: Douglas M. Peers
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2013-11-05
ISBN: 1317882865
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

India under Colonial Rule 1700 1885 Book Excerpt:

Between 1700 and 1885 the British became the paramount power on the Indian subcontinent, their authority extending from Sri Lankain the south to the Himalayasin the north. It was a massive empire, inspiring both pride and anxiety amongst the British, and forcing change upon and disrupting the lives of its Indian subjects. Yet it is not simply a history of conquest and subjugation, or dominance and defeat: interaction and interdependency powerfully shaped the histories of all involved. The end result was a hybrid empire. India may have become by 1885 the jewel in the British crown, but by that same year a series of changes had occurred within Indian society that would set the foundations for the modern states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. This book provides a concise introduction to these dramatic changes.

The Inter war Crisis 1919 1939

The Inter war Crisis 1919 1939
Author: R. J. Overy
Publsiher: Pearson Education
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9781405824682
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Inter war Crisis 1919 1939 Book Excerpt:

The inter-war years were, at the time, perceived to be years of crisis across the world. This work examines the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the subsequent economic crisis which struck at the very foundations of the capitalist world.

Visions of the Courtly Body

Visions of the Courtly Body
Author: Christiane Hille
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 311
Release: 2013-01-09
ISBN: 305006255X
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Visions of the Courtly Body Book Excerpt:

In 1603, the beginning of the Stuart reign, painting was of minor importance at the English court, where the elaborately designed masques of Inigo Jones served as the prime medium of royal representation. Only two decades later, their most celebrated performer, George Villiers, the First Duke of Buckingham had assembled one of the largest and most significant collections of painting in early seventeenth-century Europe. His career as the personal and political favourite of two succeeding monarchs – James I and Charles I – coincides with the commission of a number of highly ambitious portraits from the hands of Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck that displayed his body in spectacular manner. As the first comprehensive study of Buckingham’s patronage of the visual arts, this book is concerned with the question of how the painted image of the courtier transferred strategies of social distinction that had originated in the masque to the language of painting. Establishing a new grammar in the competing rhetorics of bodily self-fashioning, this recast notion of portraiture contributed to an epistemological change in perceptions of visual representation at the early modern English court, in the course of which painting advanced to the central art form in the aesthetics of kingship.

Louis XIV

Louis XIV
Author: Richard Wilkinson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2017-09-19
ISBN: 135166347X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Louis XIV Book Excerpt:

Louis XIV ruled France for more than half a century and is typically remembered for his absolutism, his patronage of the arts and his lavish lifestyle – culminating in the building of Versailles. This original and lively biography focuses on Louis’s personal life while keeping the needs of the history student at the forefront, featuring analysis of Louis’s wider significance in history and the surrounding historiography. This book balances the undeniable cultural achievements of the reign against the realities of Louis’s egotism and argues that, when viewed critically, Louis’s rule (1643–1715) personified the disadvantages of absolute monarchy, and inexorably led to social and political blunders, resulting in the suffering of millions. Richard Wilkinson demonstrates that while Louis excelled as a self-publicist, he fell far short of being a great monarch. This second edition includes an up-to-date and accessible biography, further sections on the women at Louis’s court, France in an international context and new material looking at Louis’s involvement in ballet. This book is essential reading for all history students and those with a general interest in one of history’s most colourful rulers.

France

France
Author: Britannica Educational Publishing
Publsiher: Britanncia Educational Publishing
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2013-06-01
ISBN: 1615309810
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

France Book Excerpt:

France’s cultural and historical legacies are numerous and diverse. It has long played a dominant role on the world stage, and as one of the largest countries of the European Union, its global influence shows no signs of dying down. But despite its cultural, economic, governmental, and historical achievements, France has experienced trials and tribulations, perhaps most memorably during the French Revolution, but throughout history as well. This comprehensive volume surveys France’s assorted regions, its renowned traditions, the individuals and peoples that have led it to greatness, and the struggles and successes of its past and present.

Forged Through Fire War Peace and the Democratic Bargain

Forged Through Fire  War  Peace  and the Democratic Bargain
Author: John Ferejohn,Frances McCall Rosenbluth
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-12-06
ISBN: 163149161X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Forged Through Fire War Peace and the Democratic Bargain Book Excerpt:

Peace, many would agree, is a goal that democratic nations should strive to achieve. But is democracy, in fact, dependent on war to survive? Having spent their celebrated careers exploring this provocative question, John Ferejohn and Frances McCall Rosenbluth trace the surprising ways in which governments have mobilized armies since antiquity, discovering that our modern form of democracy not only evolved in a brutally competitive environment but also quickly disintegrated when the powerful elite no longer needed their citizenry to defend against existential threats. Bringing to vivid life the major battles that shaped our current political landscape, the authors begin with the fierce warrior states of Athens and the Roman Republic. While these experiments in “mixed government” would serve as a basis for the bargain between politics and protection at the heart of modern democracy, Ferejohn and Rosenbluth brilliantly chronicle the generations of bloodshed that it would take for the world’s dominant states to hand over power to the people. In fact, for over a thousand years, even as medieval empires gave way to feudal Europe, the king still ruled. Not even the advancements of gunpowder—which decisively tipped the balance away from the cavalry-dominated militaries and in favor of mass armies—could threaten the reign of monarchs and “landed elites” of yore. The incredibly wealthy, however, were not well equipped to handle the massive labor classes produced by industrialization. As we learn, the Napoleonic Wars stoked genuine, bottom-up nationalism and pulled splintered societies back together as “commoners” stepped up to fight for their freedom. Soon after, Hitler and Stalin perfectly illustrated the military limitations of dictatorships, a style of governance that might be effective for mobilizing an army but not for winning a world war. This was a lesson quickly heeded by the American military, who would begin to reinforce their ranks with minorities in exchange for greater civil liberties at home. Like Francis Fukuyama and Jared Diamond’s most acclaimed works, Forged Through Fire concludes in the modern world, where the “tug of war” between the powerful and the powerless continues to play out in profound ways. Indeed, in the covert battlefields of today, drones have begun to erode the need for manpower, giving politicians even less incentive than before to listen to the demands of their constituency. With American democracy’s flanks now exposed, this urgent examination explores the conditions under which war has promoted one of the most cherished human inventions: a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The result promises to become one of the most important history books to emerge in our time.

A History of Women s Political Thought in Europe 1400 1700

A History of Women s Political Thought in Europe  1400 1700
Author: Jacqueline Broad,Karen Green
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 334
Release: 2009-01-22
ISBN: 0521888174
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Women s Political Thought in Europe 1400 1700 Book Excerpt:

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Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare Studies
Author: Suzan Zimmerman
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2005-10
ISBN: 9780838640753
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare Studies Book Excerpt:

'Shakespeare Studies' is an international volume containing essays & studies by critics & cultural historians from both hemispheres. Volume 33 continues the series in which specialists in theatrical traditions in the time of Shakespeare discuss the state of scholarly study in their areas.

Crown and Nobility in Early Modern France

Crown and Nobility in Early Modern France
Author: Donna Bohanan
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2017-03-10
ISBN: 1350317357
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crown and Nobility in Early Modern France Book Excerpt:

This book analyses the evolving relationship between the French monarchy and the French nobility in the early modern period. New interpretations of the absolutist state in France have challenged the orthodox vision of the interaction between the crown and elite society. By focusing on the struggle of central government to control the periphery, Bohanan links the literature on collaboration, patronage and taxation with research on the social origins and structure of provincial nobilities. Three provinical examples, Provence, Dauphine and Brittany, illustrate the ways in which elites organised and mobilised by vertical ties (ties of dependency based on patronage) were co-opted or subverted by the crown. The monarchy's success in raising more money from these pays d'etats depended on its ability to juggle a set of different strategies, each conceived according to the particularity of the social, political and institutional context of the province. Bohanan shows that the strategies and expedients employed by the crown varied from province to province; conceived on an individual basis, they bear the signs of ad hoc responses rather than a gradnoise plan to centralise.

Proof

Proof
Author: Amir Alexander
Publsiher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-09-10
ISBN: 0374714126
Category: Mathematics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Proof Book Excerpt:

An eye-opening narrative of how geometric principles fundamentally shaped our world On a cloudy day in 1413, a balding young man stood at the entrance to the Cathedral of Florence, facing the ancient Baptistery across the piazza. As puzzled passers-by looked on, he raised a small painting to his face, then held a mirror in front of the painting. Few at the time understood what he was up to; even he barely had an inkling of what was at stake. But on that day, the master craftsman and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi would prove that the world and everything within it was governed by the ancient science of geometry. In Proof!, the award-winning historian Amir Alexander traces the path of the geometrical vision of the world as it coursed its way from the Renaissance to the present, shaping our societies, our politics, and our ideals. Geometry came to stand for a fixed and unchallengeable universal order, and kings, empire-builders, and even republican revolutionaries would rush to cast their rule as the apex of the geometrical universe. For who could doubt the right of a ruler or the legitimacy of a government that drew its power from the immutable principles of Euclidean geometry? From the elegant terraces of Versailles to the broad avenues of Washington, DC and on to the boulevards of New Delhi and Manila, the geometrical vision was carved into the landscape of modernity. Euclid, Alexander shows, made the world as we know it possible.