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Absolutism in Central Europe : Historical Connections - Peter Wilson

Absolutism in Central Europe

Historical Connections

Paperback Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780415150439
Number Of Pages: 192

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Absolutism in Central Europe explores the form of European monarchy known as absolutism, how it was defined by contemporaries, how it emerged and developed, and how it has been interpreted by historians and political and social scientists. Absolutism used to be seen as a distinct form of monarchy that dominated the European continent and defined an entire age. It was believed to be a key stage in the transition from feudalism to capitalism and an era of colourful monarchs such as Louis XIV. The concept of absolutism has been undermined by modern historians. In this accessible survey, Peter Wilson investigates how scholars have defined and explained political development during what was formerly known as the age of absolutism. He assesses whether the term can still be a useful analytical tool. Drawing on the experiences of central Europe from the early 17th century to the beginning of the 19th century, this book examines the wider implications of state-building.

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"In a tightly argued historiographical introduction, Wilson points out that it is an abstraction that has been readily employed by generations of scholars without any serious attempt at definition. He attempts to fill this gap by representing asolutism as a distinct stage in the state-building process, during which monarchs used court display to project an image of power and majesty that mixed hard substance with mere pretension. The author reserves a special niche for the period of "enlightened absolutism," which effectively fortified the region's monarchs from the appeal of the French Revolution. This is a very well written and intelligent essay, once which might, however, challenge the analytical skills of the average university student.." -"C. Ingrao, Purdue University, July 2001

Series Editors' Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Emergencep. 10
Theoryp. 38
Practicep. 62
Enlightened Absolutismp. 108
Conclusionsp. 121
Appendixp. 128
Notesp. 132
Select Bibliographyp. 153
Indexp. 166
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ISBN: 9780415150439
ISBN-10: 0415150434
Series: Historical Connections
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st June 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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