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Enlightened absolutism significance

HISTORICAL STUDIES 329: OVERVIEW OF STATE- BUILDING AND ENLIGHTENED ABSOLUTISM

283 years since the birth of

I. Less than professional government -venal office, inequitable taxation II. Rise of paperwork III. Kinds of monarchies - from constitutional to absolute IV. Era of enlightened absolutism A. What could enlightened government mean? - - secular, rational, humanitarian - or simply image- building by nobleman and philosophers? B. Government and administrative reform C. Economic and fiscal reform D. Religious reform E. Legal and judicial reform F. Educational reform G. Social reform V. How interpret these reforms? - idealistic or practical? Justice or efficiency? Mire. Value of enlightened absolutism - stage in growth and development of monarchy Historic Studies 329-01 M. S. Staum-College of Calgary

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