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HIS103 - The Foreign Policy of Louis XIV and the Origins of the Dutch War

HIS103 - The Foreign Policy of Louis XIV and the Origins of the Dutch War

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The Foreign Policy of Louis XIV and the Origins of the Dutch War Wednesday, September 22 nd / 2010 There was till no guarantee that such an unprecedented system would emerge successfully. The very power which did so much to defeat the Habsburg effort, supported all the other states of Europe into an imperial order might have the will to basically control the other states in Europe to do what they wanted No common will existed to build a common international order after the treaty of Westphalia. A few decades after France survived (and got over the internal upheaval), it became a dominator with all the power, with the will to impose its will on others. 1661 King Louis XIV = ruler of France Pre-industrial age power is usually determined by the population of the state the larger the population, the more powerful they became. By the mid 17 th century, France towered over its neighbors based on the size of their population; a demographic giant (population was 3 times the size of England and Spain, and 8 times the size of the United Provinces of the Dutch Republic). Russia possessed a poorer agricultural land…France’s were much richer, and did not have such a rigorous climate.
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