New PDF release: Absolutism in Central Europe (Historical Connections)

By Peter Wilson

ISBN-10: 0203278844

ISBN-13: 9780203278840

ISBN-10: 0415150434

ISBN-13: 9780415150439

ISBN-10: 0415233518

ISBN-13: 9780415233514

Absolutism in primary Europe is set the shape of eu monarchy often called absolutism, the way it was once outlined by means of contemporaries, the way it emerged and constructed, and the way it has been interpreted by way of historians, political and social scientists. This e-book investigates how students from a range of disciplines have outlined and defined political improvement throughout what was once previously often called the 'age of absolutism'. It assesses even if the time period nonetheless has software as a device of research and it explores the broader ramifications of the method of state-formation from the event of critical Europe from the early 17th century to the beginning of the 19th.

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The new intellectual currents known as the Renaissance, Reformation and Scientific Revolution combined to shatter medieval orthodoxy and reopen the debate on the ultimate fate of mankind and the universe. The previous basis for political authority collapsed as its ideological underpinnings were called into question. The debate over the best form of government was immediately complicated by the wider disputes over the ‘true religion’ and meaning of the world, contributing to the violence and ferocity with which these questions were settled.

Frederick William and his three immediate successors relied heavily on nobles born outside their domains to provide essential expertise, particularly while absolutism was being established during the later seventeenth century: French Huguenot refugees accounted for fully onethird of all army officers in 1689. Native nobles remained, by and large, opponents of absolutism rather than its collaborators and several historians now suspect that the extent of their discontent has been masked by the way in which nineteenth-century editors compiled important published collections of such Prussian documents as the Acta Borussica.

Noble opposition persisted but was worn down through the employment of foreign aristocrats and non-noble specialists. No less than 259 Brandenburg aristocratic families died out from natural causes between 1540 and the early eighteenth century, creating opportunities for the elector to choose newcomers as servants. Many of these came from other German territories, or from France, but the sheer size of the indigenous nobility ensured that the elector did not have to rely on recalcitrant families for crucial roles.

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