Absolutism

Absolutism - Absolutism 1 Intro a In 16th century few...

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Absolutism 1. Intro a. In 16 th century, few people had contact with central government b. Today everyone has contact c. Transition began with Absolutism 2. Definition a. Government in 16 th century consisted of: i. The Prince (sovereign) ii. The Estates (Parliament, Diet, estates general 1. The legitimate representatives of the classes privileged by law 2. Not elected, sit by birthright, office, or service 3. Had control of taxes and their collection 4. What kind of power did they have? a. Controlled taxation b. Gave approval and collected taxes c. Controlled conscription 5. Absolutism- when princes ignored the estates a. Princes no longer consulted the estates b. Not a dictatorship c. An absolute monarch was supposed to respect the laws and customs of the land b. Absolutism in France i. Religious war between Catholics and Calvinists, called Huguenots 1562-2589 1. Massacres of civilians ii. The Politiques demanded an absolute monarch 1. Catholic and Calvin group 2. Suggested that someone must be given all power to stop the killing.
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iii. Prince Henry IV (1589-1610)
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