The History of France - Volume VI

 
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The author, John Gifford, 1758 to 1818, was an English political writer. He was born in Bromley, Kent as John Richards Green until changing his name at the age of 23. This is the final volume of Gifford’s History of France. The Bourbon dynasty brings the kingdom to the height of its power and then to its destruction by its stubborn adherence to the doctrine of royal absolutism. France supplants Spain as the premier power in Europe under the great ministers of state, Richelieu, Mazarin, and Colbert. Ancient superstitions and feudal institutions began to be discarded, but the revival of religious persecution by Louis XIV and his incessant wars of personal ambition bring France to the brink of exhaustion and destroy its economy. At the same time, modern concepts of governance and personal liberty begin to flourish, causing, among other things, France to support the new United States of America against Britain. However, the well-meaning Louis XVI is unable to stop the revolution that ends his life and establishes the First Republic.

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