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The Age of Absolutism 1660-1815 (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Max Beloff


190 pages

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The end of eighteenth century is often regarded as the watershed between the feudal Europe of the Middle Ages and the modern Europe of the nineteenth century and beyond. The chronology covered in this title, first published in 1954, is vast, and yet covers an intellectually stimulating and exciting period of European history. The pinnacle of absolute monarchy is cemented in Louis XIV’s France, eventually giving way to reform and revolution; the Russian Empire becomes an important player on the Western stage under Peter I and Catherine the Great; America achieves independence; and, the ideas of the Enlightenment begin to change the academic and religious landscape. Max Beloff analyses the period in fascinating detail in a now reissued title that will be of particular interest to students to Early Modern History, Politics and European diplomacy.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The Age of Defined 2. The European Scene: 1660-1789 3. France 4. Spain and Portugal 5. Prussia and Austria 6. Russia and Poland 7. The Maritime Powers and the American Revolution 8. Absolutism in Transformation: 1789—1815; A Note on Books; Map 1: The Great Powers of Europe: 1660; Map 2: The Great Powers of Europe: 1789; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / France
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary
HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal