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Unformatted text preview: Promotes economy through mercantilism vi. Wages War! b. Frederick William, The Great Elector (Prussia) (1640-1688) i. Strengthens army (triples from 1640-1650) ii. Centralizes holdings and administration iii. Gets authority to collect taxes iv. Strikes a bargain with nobility v. Adopts mercantilist policies c. Peter the Great (1689-1725) i. Copies Western Practices ii. Requires state service (5 years away) iii. Develops new bureaucracy iv. Controls Orthodox Church v. Increases taxes vi. Strengthens military vii. Expands territory IV. How to be Absolutist: a. Create bureaucracy to ensure loyalty b. Centralize authority, especially tax-collection c. Control nobility and other power threats d. Promote economy e. Strengthen military f. Expand territory (through war if necessary)...
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- Spring '08