Louis XIV and Absolutism

A Brief Study with Documents

Author: William Beik

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312227432

Category: History

Page: 247

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Review: "This collection of documents with commentary explores the meaning of absolute monarchy by examining how Louis XIV of France became one of Europe's most famous and successful rulers. In the introduction, William Beik integrates the theoretical and practical nature of absolutism and its implications for the development of European states and society. The documents, newly translated and carefully selected for their readability, examine the problems of the Fronde, Colbert's grasp of the economic and fiscal dimensions of the kingdom, the taming of the rural nobility, the interaction of royal ministers and provincial authorities, the repression of Jansenists and Protestants, popular rebellions, and royal image making."--BOOK JACKET
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England's Glorious Revolution

A Brief History with Documents

Author: Steven C. A. Pincus

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781403971548

Category: History

Page: 208

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England’s Glorious Revolution is a sophisticated yet accessible examination of the precursors to the Revolution of 1688-89, the events of the revolution, and the profound political, social, and economic changes these events wrought. Steven Pincus’s introduction thoroughly explains the context of the revolution, why these events were so stunning to contemporaries, and why, contrary to recent scholarly consensus, the revolution should be the considered the first modern revolution. This volume offers 40 documents from a wide array of sources and perspectives in eight topically organized sections that mirror the introduction’s explanation. At the end of the documents section a case study comparing the writings of John Locke and Roger L’Estrange provides representative viewpoints from both sides of the revolution, and further contextualizes Locke’s classic writings on government and religious toleration. Document headnotes, questions for consideration, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and an index provide further pedagogical support.
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Experiencing the Thirty Years War

A Brief History with Documents

Author: Hans Medick,Benjamin Marschke

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

ISBN: 9780312535056

Category: History

Page: 208

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One of the most momentous and destructive wars in European history, the Thirty Years War has long been studied for its diplomatic, political, and military consequences. Yet the actual participants in this religiously motivated, seemingly endless conflict have largely been ignored. Hans Medick and Benjamin Marschke reveal the Thirty Years War from the perspective of those who lived it. Their introduction provides important insights into the roiling religious and political landscape from which the war emerged, as well as a thoughtful examination of the war's stages and enduring significance. An unprecedented collection of personal accounts, many of them translated for the first time into English, combine with visual sources to convey directly to students the experience of early modern warfare. Incisive document headnotes, maps and illustrations, a chronology, questions to consider, and a bibliography enrich students' understanding of this fateful war.
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Beyond Expulsion

Jews, Christians, and Reformation Strasbourg

Author: Debra Kaplan

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804779058

Category: History

Page: 272

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Beyond Expulsion is a history of Jewish-Christian interactions in early modern Strasbourg, a city from which the Jews had been expelled and banned from residence in the late fourteenth century. This study shows that the Jews who remained in the Alsatian countryside continued to maintain relationships with the city and its residents in the ensuing period. During most of the sixteenth century, Jews entered Strasbourg on a daily basis, where they participated in the city's markets, litigated in its courts, and shared their knowledge of Hebrew and Judaica with Protestant Reformers. By the end of the sixteenth century, Strasbourg became an increasingly orthodox Lutheran city, and city magistrates and religious leaders sought to curtail contact between Jews and Christians. This book unearths the active Jewish participation in early modern society, traces the impact of the Reformation on local Jews, discusses the meaning of tolerance, and describes the shifting boundaries that divided Jewish and Christian communities.
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Selected Letters

Author: Marie de Rabutin-Chantal marquise de Sévigné

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140444056

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 319

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Describes the social and intellectual life of seventeenth-century France, including gossip about the court of King Louis XIV
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Paris and the Spirit of 1919

Consumer Struggles, Transnationalism and Revolution

Author: Tyler Stovall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107018013

Category: History

Page: 342

View: 1963

This history of Paris in 1919 explores the global implications of French political activism at the end of World War I.
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The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661

Author: Alan James

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317878906

Category: History

Page: 168

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This controversial study takes the provocative line that the French monarchy was a complete success. James turns the idea of royal ‘absolutism’ on its head by redefining the French monarchy’s success from 1598 - 1661. The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 maintains that building blocks were not being laid by the so-called architects of absolutism, but that by satisfying long-established, traditional ambitions, cardinal ministers Richelieu and Mazarin undoubtedly made the confident, ambitious reign of the late century possible.
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Samuel de Champlain: Founder of New France

A Brief History with Documents

Author: Samuel de Champlain

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

ISBN: 9780312592639

Category: History

Page: 160

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Samuel de Champlain — explorer, cartographer, administrator and diplomat to the Native American peoples he encountered — made twelve voyages to North America between 1603 and 1633. He authored four accounts of his explorations and observations, each published in his own day and lavishly illustrated with maps and engravings. Champlain’s Works became increasingly popular after his death and ultimately shaped the founding narratives of the colonization of northeastern North America and the creation of New France. In this volume, Gayle K. Brunelle offers a thorough and balanced examination of Champlain’s life and career, and invites students to consider how, through his explorations, his writings, and his remarkable maps, Champlain shaped our understanding of early North American history. Document headnotes, maps and illustrations, a chronology of events, questions to consider, a selected bibliography, and an index are provided to enrich student understanding.
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The Black Death

The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents

Author: NA NA

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137103493

Category: Science

Page: 199

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A fascinating account of the phenomenon known as the Black Death, this volume offers a wealth of documentary material focused on the initial outbreak of the plague that ravaged the world in the 14th century. A comprehensive introduction that provides important background on the origins and spread of the plague is followed by nearly 50 documents organized into topical sections that focus on the origin and spread of the illness; the responses of medical practitioners; the societal and economic impact; religious responses; the flagellant movement and attacks on Jews provoked by the plague; and the artistic response. Each chapter has an introduction that summarizes the issues explored in the documents; headnotes to the documents provide additional background material. The book contains documents from many countries - including Muslim and Byzantine sources - to give students a variety of perspectives on this devastating illness and its consequences. The volume also includes illustrations, a chronology of the Black Death, and questions to consider.
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The Fabrication of Louis XIV

Author: Peter Burke

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300059434

Category: History

Page: 242

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Louis XIV was a man like any other, but the money and attention lavished on his public image by the French government transformed him into a godlike figure. In this engrossing book, an internationally respected historian gives an account of contemporary representations of Louis XIV and shows how the making of the royal image illuminates the relationship between art and power. Images of Louis XIV included hundreds of oil paintings and engravings, three-hundred-odd medals struck to commemorate the major events of the reign, sculptures, and bronzes, as well as plays, ballets (in which the king himself sometimes appeared on stage), operas, odes, sermons, official newspapers and histories, fireworks, fountains, and tapestries. Drawing on an analysis of these representations as well as on surviving documentary sources, Peter Burke shows the conscious attempt to "invent" the image of the king and reveals how the supervision of the royal image was entrusted to a commitee, the so-called small academy. This book is not only a fascinating chronological study of the mechanics of the image-making of a king over the course of a seventy-year reign but is also an investigation into the genre of cultural construction. Burke discusses the element of propaganda implicit in image-making, the manipulation of seventeenth-century media of communication (oral, visual, and textual) and their codes (literary and artistic), and the intended audience and its response. He concludes by comparing and contrasting Louis's public image with that of other rulers ranging from Augustus to contemporary American presidents.
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A History of Reading and Writing

In the Western World

Author: Martyn Lyons

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230001619

Category: History

Page: 288

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Offering a fresh history centred on the reactions and experiences of ordinary readers and writers, Lyons deals with key turning points that occurred throughout the centuries, such as the invention of the codex, the transition from scribal to print culture, the reading revolution and the industrialisation of the book. Tracing the major historical developments across Europe and North America which revolutionized our relationship with texts, this book provides an engaging and invaluable overview of the history of scribal and print culture.
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The Trial of Charles I

From the Broadview Sources Series

Author: K.J. Kesselring

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 146040579X

Category: History

Page: 168

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In January 1649, after years of civil war, King Charles I stood trial in a specially convened English court on charges of treason, murder, and other high crimes against his people. Not only did the revolutionary tribunal find him guilty and order his death, but its masters then abolished monarchy itself and embarked on a bold (though short-lived) republican experiment. The event was a landmark in legal history. The trial and execution of King Charles marked a watershed in English politics and political theory and thus also affected subsequent developments in those parts of the world colonized by the British. This book presents a selection of contemporaries’ accounts of the king’s trial and their reactions to it, as well as a report of the trial of the king’s own judges once the wheel of fortune turned and monarchy was restored. It uses the words of people directly involved to offer insight into the causes and consequences of these momentous events.
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Chen Village

The Recent History of a Peasant Community in Mao's China

Author: Anita Chan,Richard Madsen,Jonathan Unger

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520047204

Category: China

Page: 293

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Louis XIV and Twenty Million Frenchmen

Author: Pierre Goubert

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0394717511

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 1171

An essential introduction to the France of Louis XIV.
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1688

The First Modern Revolution

Author: Steven C. A. Pincus

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300156057

Category: History

Page: 647

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Examines England's Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689 through a broad geographical and chronological framework, discussing its repercussions at home and abroad and why the subsequent ideological break with the past makes it the first modern revolution.
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Herodotus and Sima Qian: The First Great Historians of Greece and China

A Brief History with Documents

Author: Thomas R. Martin

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

ISBN: 9780312416492

Category: History

Page: 208

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In this accessible volume, Thomas R. Martin compares the writings of Herodotus in ancient Greece with those of Sima Qian in ancient China to demonstrate the hallmarks of early history writing. While these authors lived in different centuries and were not aware of each other’s works, Martin shows the similar struggles that each grappled with in preparing their historical accounts and how their efforts helped invent modern notions of history writing and the job of the historian. The introduction’s cross-cultural analysis includes a biography of each author, illustrating the setting and times in which he worked, as well as a discussion of how each man introduced interpretation and moral judgment into his writing. The accompanying documents include excerpts from Herodotus’ The Histories and Sima Qian’s Shiji, which illustrate their approach to history writing and their understanding of their own cultures. Also featured are maps and illustrations, a chronology, questions to consider, and a selected bibliography.
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Massacre

The Life and Death of the Paris Commune

Author: John Merriman

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465056822

Category: History

Page: 384

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The Paris Commune lasted for only 64 days in 1871, but during that short time it gave rise to some of the grandest political dreams of the nineteenth century—before culminating in horrific violence. Following the disastrous French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, hungry and politically disenchanted Parisians took up arms against their government in the name of a more just society. They expelled loyalists and soldiers and erected barricades in the streets. In Massacre, John Merriman introduces a cast of inimitable Communards—from les pétroleuses (female incendiaries) to the painter Gustave Courbet—whose idealism fueled a revolution. And he vividly recreates the Commune’s chaotic and bloody end when 30,000 troops stormed the city, burning half of Paris and executing captured Communards en masse. A stirring evocation of the spring when Paris was ablaze with cannon fire and its citizens were their own masters, Massacre reveals how the indomitable spirit of the Commune shook the very foundations of Europe.
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