Week 1 Jan26Absolutism

Week 1 Jan26Absolutism - Traditional Society and Absolutism...

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Traditional Society and Absolutism 1) Why Absolutism? a) Large Governments Tend Towards Absolutism b) Absolutism is a system where the monarch has strong central control and is able to resist the power of the nobility with some security. i) People were not reluctant to give power to the monarch.\ c) There are many wars in the 1500s and 1600s. i) Larger armies ii) More taxes because of armies iii) More bureaucracies to collect taxes (1) These people side step the normal nobility order. (2) Nobles didn’t need more power, so non nobles or weak noble were chosen. (3) Non-nobles and weak nobles get lots of power and push out established nobles. (4) Nobles are upset and end up leading revolts disguised as tax revolts. (Nobles become activists). (5) Tax revolts across Europe. d) Solves problems of instability after 1648. i) Business like this because it is more sustained businesses. ii) Stability is important to legitimacy of king. e) Gathers necessary resources for use. f) Makes sense in a hierarchical society. g) (Absolutism isn’t the same as arbitrary rule) 2) Models of Absolutism a) French Absolutism under Louis XIV (1643-1715) (best example of absolutism, not the most absolutist.) i) French become model for absolutism (most successful)
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Week 1 Jan26Absolutism - Traditional Society and Absolutism...

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