Hist Essay #2 - European Absolutism History 1112 200...

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European Absolutism History 1112 – 200 February 10, 2010 Juan D. Torres Mr. Allan R. Jones "L'état c'est moi." The well-known maxim of Louis XIV of France resumes the essence of absolutism: a political system in which a person, the sovereign, exercised an absolute power without legal limits or of any other nature. Under various forms, absolutism has been the form of government in many countries at different times. However, it has reserved this term to designate, in a specific sense,
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the exercise of power in a particular historical moment: the European absolute monarchies of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The sixteenth century was a really innovator century in many fields, especially in the concern of political ideas. The Europe of the early sixteenth century is a mosaic of very different political bodies. Along with various organized kingdoms, firmly implanted on their national independence, there were urban republics and lordships born around a city. At the late sixteenth century, the national phenomenon gained momentum and attached to it absolutism was born. Furthermore, during the sixteenth century Europe there were secular or ecclesiastical principalities that raised themselves by imperial power. In connection with the progress of real power in certain states, a doctrine was developed: the absolutism, which is defined as a monarchical sovereignty without limits and without control, which does not recognize the subjects rather than the duty to obey. Moreover, the centuries were the absolutism flourished the political control remained ideologically dependent on the Christian religion. This “balance” of social forces caused by the religions around Europe represented a huge obstacle for the absolutist ideals and goals. It also should be noted that all those conflicts mixed religious affairs with political issues. Absolutism was designed primarily as a
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Hist Essay #2 - European Absolutism History 1112 200...

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