The Myth of Absolutism : Change and Continuity in Early Modern European Monarchy Paperback
Conventionally, "absolutism" in early-modern Europe has suggested unfettered autocracy and despotism -- the erosion of rights, the centralisation of decision-making, the loss of liberty.
Everything, in a word, that was un-British but characteristic of ancien-regime France.
Recently historians have questioned such comfortably simplistic views.
This lively investigation of "absolutism" in action -- continent-wide but centred on a detailed comparison of France and England -- dissolves the traditional picture to reveal a much more complex reality; and in so doing illuminates the varied ways in which early-modern Europe was governed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 21/09/1992
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780582056176