Louis XIV and the Origins of the Dutch War

Louis XIV and the Origins of the Dutch War

by Paul Sonnino
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521531349

ISBN-13: 9780521531344

Pub. Date: 02/13/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This stylish and highly entertaining account of the origins of the Franco-Dutch War of 1672 is based on massive archival researches covering twelve countries. Contrary to the accepted historical opinion that there was a meeting of minds within Louis XIV's conseil d'en haut over the desirability of the war, Professor Sonnino chronicles a story of bitter division, in

Overview

This stylish and highly entertaining account of the origins of the Franco-Dutch War of 1672 is based on massive archival researches covering twelve countries. Contrary to the accepted historical opinion that there was a meeting of minds within Louis XIV's conseil d'en haut over the desirability of the war, Professor Sonnino chronicles a story of bitter division, in the course of which the contrasting personalities of the king and of his most intimate advisors emerge in vivid detail. Racine once eulogized the war as a brilliantly executed venture which put the insolent Dutch in their place. Saint-Simon, on the other hand, saw it as the disastrous result of endemic jealousies, in which Le Tellier and Louvois sought to displace Colbert in Louis' affections. From these early views the modern consensus, in spite of occasional dissenters, has gradually evolved. Professor Sonnino, however, breaks through the maze of interpretations with decisive new evidence, and in an unusually clear and lively evocation of the emotional element which pervaded high policy, explains the many agonizing decisions that preceded one of the most dramatic conflicts of the seventeenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521531344
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Peace without end; 2. The king's lair; 3. Breaking through; 4. The first postponement; 5. Serving the king in his manner; 6. The second postponement; 7. Picking up the pieces; 8. The king's touch; 9. The only game in town; Bibliography; Index.

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