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The Myth of Absolutism : Change & Continuity in Early Modern European Monarchy

By: Henshall, Nicholas

0582056179 / 9780582056176
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21/09/1992
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United Kingdom
140 x 216 mm, 454 grams 256 pages
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Conventionally, ``absolutism'' in early-modern Europe has suggested unfettered autocracy and despotism -- the erosion of rights, the centralisation of decision-making, the loss of liberty.

Everything, in a word, that was un-British but characteristic of ancien-regime France.

Recently historians have questioned such comfortably simplistic views.

This lively investigation of ``absolutism'' in action -- continent-wide but centred on a detailed comparison of France and England -- dissolves the traditional picture to reveal a much more complex reality; and in so doing illuminates the varied ways in which early-modern Europe was governed.

BIC:

1D Europe, HBJD European history, HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, JPH Political structure & processes

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