HistoryNotes-11-8-05 - History Notes Section 21"The...

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Unformatted text preview: 11/8/05 - History Notes * Section 21: "The France of Louis XIV (1643-1715) - Triumph of Absolutism" * Population of France - around 20 million * France was still over 3 times as large as England, and 2 time as large as Spain * Land was fertile during Agricultural Age * Frenchmen made good living - outdated social system - significant uneven distribution of wealth - diverse social system - nobility (land owners) and cities were prospering * Very active in trading with India * Self-sufficient country that really didn't depend on colonial expansion - did it anyway because many other countries were doing it * Louis took the initiative to build up his navy- could claim the longest standing professional armies - they were fighting for their king * French Culture * * France is at the forefront of western civilization * Artwork and artists - schools for painters that are government sponsored * Etiquette and manners * French language - language of diplomacy * Take lead in engineering - military engineering * French writers- Lafontayne- Racine * Ranae Descartes - Accomplishes much - * Blayes Pascal - Scientist, Philosopher - Man is nothing more than a read - Thinking read * AGE OF LOUIS XIV - new time period of success * France is the idol that every country is trying to replicate * Louis XIV - At the time that Louis becomes King, France is still tied to...
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