The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661

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Pearson Longman, 2006 - History - 148 pages
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"Alan James argues that there was no conscious plan to modernise France or to create a new, more centralised and bureaucratic form of government. Instead the ministries of Richelieu and Mazarin were based on the traditional values of religion, war, and privilege. Organised thematically, the book examines the key priorities of government in turn to come to an assessment of the success of French absolutism, defined in its own terms."--BOOK JACKET.

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About the author (2006)

Alan James is a member of the Laughton Naval Unit of the War Studies Department, King?s College London, where he teaches history. He is the author of The Navy and Government in Early Modern France , 1572-1661(2004) for which he won the prize of ?Best Young Academic Author of the Year? at King?s College.

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