Great Powers Emerge

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Great Powers Emerge: The Spiral of State Growth- Central Europe 1) War- increased war leads to increased armies 2) Armies0 increased armies leads to more taxes 3) Taxes- tax collectors make sure taxes are paid 4) Bureaucracies 5) Revolts 6) Armies Large governments tend towards absolutism Absolutism- a system where the monarch has strong central control and is able to resist the power of the nobility with some security. Why Absolutism Solves problems of instability- if we have one person in charge we’d have more peace, more things would get done because there wouldn’t be arguments among people with power Gathers resources- raise enormous amounts of manpower, gather money, etc Hierarchical- makes perfect sense in 17 th century politics- mimics divine hierarchy… people weren’t stupid just had a different organizing system than we do, God wants someone at the top: a king Absolutism isn’t the same as arbitrary rule- answer to God, suppose to take care and protect his country, paternal rule
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course HIST 111 taught by Professor Popiel during the Spring '08 term at Saint Louis.

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