Richelieu / Edition 2

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This concise and up-to-date assessment of Richelieu's career provides an enthralling introduction to the character and exercise of his power. Richelieu governed France for 18 years until his death and until the mid-20th century was viewed by Anglo-Saxon historians as cold, clever and ruthless. Recent interpretations have been more favourable and in this incisive study R. J. Knecht uses recent research to reassess Richelieu's career and achievements.

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'... balanced and dispassionate - and entirely convincing' English Historical Review

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Paperbound reprint of a 1991 study in which Knecht (emeritus, French history, U. of Birmingham) uses current research to reassess Richelieu's career and achievements. Focusing on his ministerial career, he looks at the nature and mechanics of Richelieu's power and how he used it. Topics include his rise to power; his relations with the high nobility and the Protestants; his aims and policies; his influence on the economy, overseas development and trade, taxation, and the navy; his conduct of foreign affairs and war; his use of propaganda; his part in the development of royal absolutism in France; his methods of government; and his patronage of learning and the arts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582437579
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/25/2000
  • Series: Profiles In Power Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

R.J. Knecht has written extensively on French history and his publications includes the Rise and fall of Renaissance France (1996) and The French Civil Wars 1562-1598 (2000).

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Richelieu's Rise to Power (1585-1624).

2. Richelieu as Chief Minister.

3. Richelieu's Triumph.

4. Richelieu and the High Nobility.

5. Richelieu and the Huguenots.

6. Richelieu's Foreign Policy (1624-35).

7. Richelieu and War (1635-42).

8. Richelieu, Taxation and Popular Unrest.

9. Richelieu and Absolutism.

10. Richelieu and the Economy.

11. Richelieu as a Propagandist.

12. Richelieu as Patron of Letters.

Epilogue.

Bibliographical Essay.

Glossary.

List of Dates.

Map 1: France in 1630.

Map 2: Central Europe c. 1618.

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