Post Westphalia: Why the Rise of France? - Lecture

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Published on 1 Dec 2011
School
UTSG
Department
History
Course
HIS103Y1
Professor
Most populous state of Europe
Strong centralized bureaucracy
Although tax loopholes, still wealthiest b/c of size of population
Largest standing army
1661: Louis XIV takes over Cardinal Mazarin
"I am the State"
Apex of French society
Wanted recognition from other European states that it is the strongest state
Forgot to build washrooms
Versailles most beautiful
Young ambitious King
Gain Glory = WAR
Four Theories of Louis XIV Foreign Policy
All for Glory
1.
Aggression
2.
Ambition to become HRE
3.
Security + Survival
4.
State that Louis XIV Inherited
Gained lands
Good diplomatic position
Part of many alliances
Influence on German states
France was always a land power, not a NAVAL power
Post Westphalia: Why the Rise of France? - Lecture
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
4:25 AM
Introduction, Westphalia and Louis XIV Page 1
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