The Singularity of Absolutism

  • E. H. Kossmann

Abstract

In the international discussion among historians of the early modern period in recent years — a discussion which has proved destructive of many traditional concepts from ‘renaissance’ to ‘mercantilism’ — the term ‘absolutism’ has been spared. Absolutism still seems an undisputed historical fact, the defining of which has not given rise to substantial difficulties: it was and is considered to be a historical phenomenon connected with the aggrandisement and the centralisation of the state and with the increase of its power.

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Europe Explosive Defend Boris Avant 

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