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Chapters 15- Questions1.What were the economic, social and political crises that Europe experienced in the first half of the seventeenth century?2.Define absolutism in theory, and explore how its actual practice in France reflected or differed from the theory.Absolutism was the theory and practice of granting complete control of a nation to the monarch. This meant that religion, politics, and the economy would be controlled by the ruler from his capital. The move toward absolutism in France began with the work of Richelieu and reached its zenith with the reign of Louis XIV. Louis gathered all the reins of government to himself at the Palace of Versailles and was able to control everything except religion. He was almost but not quite absolute.
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Parliament, Absolute monarchy, Monarchy, seventeenth century