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I really want to read up about the French revolution once I find the time. From the little I know that was the first time the European elite went all in on nationalism to head off human progress. And keep their heads attached.
by generic on Fri Jul 13th, 2018 at 08:43:38 AM EST
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If I may make a recommendation, begin with Louis XIV and his right-hand man Jean-Baptiste Colbert. Their project to pacify the ambitions of two"estates" created a lucrative professional political economy, dividing the third, in the Estates General. Within a couple generations this faction got quite out of hand. In the National Assembly.

That is the impression my daughter's International Baccalaureate (IB) textbook history left with me.

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émigré(e), Fr., n., exile; "a person who has left their own country in order to settle in another, usually for political reasons"; idiom. asylum seeker, asylee, syn. refugee

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jul 13th, 2018 at 03:59:54 PM EST
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The Suppliants

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jul 13th, 2018 at 04:07:29 PM EST
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Louis XIV pre-dated the Revolution by at least 120 years. His reign arguably represented the apogee of the French monarchy: France was the most powerful and most populous country at that time. Louis cemented his absolute power over the French institutions (the word absolutism was coined then) and waged war all over Europe: Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain...

The French Revolution did happen at the end of the following century and was preceded by weakened kings (Louis XV & Louis XVI, descendants of Louis XIV) and new Enlightenment ideas about freedom and equality (plus that thing that happened over, in the Americas). Another contributing factor reportedly was a series of famines in the countryside, following the eruption of a volcano in Iceland in 1783.

by Bernard on Fri Jul 13th, 2018 at 08:05:52 PM EST
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