hist 4b essay 7

hist 4b essay 7 - sovereign direction over it[money because...

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Adam Goldsmith Hist 4B Discussion W 5pm Louis XIV envisioned the proper role of a monarch as living and functioning on behalf of his kingdom, dictating its success as only a monarch could; it was a role of absolute and individual authority. His justification for such absolutism lied within his perception of human nature as self-interested; because a king’s interest depends on the interest of his kingdom, he felt the king and only the king could rightfully pursue the interests of a kingdom, as they were aligned with his own. Even those closely involved in kingly matters and of significant political importance, Louis felt could not be fully trusted, as they still had potential gains independent of the kingdom as a whole, unlike a king who had no higher a position to acquire. He wrote, “The prince alone should have
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Unformatted text preview: sovereign direction over it [money] because he alone has no fortune to establish but that of the state”. (Louis XIV, Memoirs for the Instruction of the Dauphin, 60) Louis was conscious of monarchal power limits only as they related to the limits of human capability. For example, he recognized his ability to compromise with, but not control human inclination in others, as his mistrust suggested. He also recognized his inability to directly control everyone under him, saying, “Since it is certain kings cannot give orders directly in every place where they hold power…they must lend vigorous aid to those who administer their authority”. (p.64)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 4B taught by Professor Sonnino during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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