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Unformatted text preview: T HE DECADENCE of the OLD REGIME I. The Aristocracy I I. The Growth of Leisure I I I. The Republic of Letters- 18 th century: the development of an aristocratic class, more than just your traditional land-owning nobles. I. The Aristocracy Ancient Regime = Old Regime o Conservatives o Divine Right believers o Traditionally against many of the social changes that were taking place in places such as England. Aristocracy- Two groups feeding into the French Aristocracy o Nobles of the Sword The traditional landed members of the aristocracy. Those with the long pedigrees who can trace their ancestry back to famous nobles of the past. Titles such as Counts, Dukes, Lords, etc. o Nobles of the Robe New nobles who were feeding into the aristocracy Those who were important members of the bureaucracy of the government. - The times were changing in Europe. In the past, nobles would fight and control territory for a king. But now, the nobles have more time on their hand (both nobles of the sword and of the robe as they age). With more free time, this spurs for the growth of leisure I I. The Growth of Leisure- Free time became a valuable commodity in Society....
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2009 for the course HIST 103g taught by Professor Harkness during the Spring '07 term at USC.
- Spring '07