HIS103, Wednesday, May 25, 2011

HIS103, Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - HIS103, Wednesday, May...

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HIS103, Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 - Last Class: - Treaty of Westphalia - Beginning of international relations - Pope could no longer dictate how the state could behave or how international relations played out o Same with HRE - France emerges as most powerful state - War of devolution- short conflict with Spain o Sweden, England, Dutch Republic turn against Louis 14th and form the triple alliance - Economic rationale to target the dutch: o Economic minister found out that the dutch are not only traitors, but also have very serious influence in economic activities- most financially stable state at that time o Most of European trade in Dutch hands o Tariffs against Dutch goods being sold in France o “The only way to deal with Dutch was to make Dutch trade subject of the French king” – Destroy the Dutch state - Louis offers Charles II yearly pension, Treaty of Dover 1617 o Secret treaty, behind the backs of the government and parliament o Charles also agreed to go to war against the Dutch state o Why would he agree to such a treaty? Admired Louis, character of his reign/monarchy (absolutism) - Habsburg emperor agrees to alliance with France as long as war with Dutch Republic does not spill into Germany - Summer 1672 Louis could have marched into Amsterdam - Fundamental mistake of Louis: seeking glory, didn’t target Amsterdam
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