France Under Richelieu and Colbert

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byJohn Henry Bridges

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... and the Academy of Painting and Sculpture; institutions which, it may be, have now served their time, and by degenerating into narrow cliques impede the progress of thought more than they promote it; but which, in an age of less advanced culture, brought the small minority of educated and thoughtful men into mutual contact, and aided in making Paris what it has ever since, with the exception of two short intervals, continued to be, the centre of European culture. Such was the administration of Colbert; the last of a series of great statesmen who had governed France for nearly a century. He died in 1683, worn out with toil, and saddened by the failure of his highest hopea Some time before his death the tide of feudal and Catholic reaction had set in. Aggressive wars had begun, and the revocation of the Edict of Nantes was impending. Within thirty years the spectre of national bankruptcy, which had haunted Colbert's dreams, was to become a flesh-and-blood reality. France would lie prostrate, paralysed, and disgraced, with a national debt of £100,000,000. Ninety shameful years were to pass by before a statesman worthy of Colbert should be called for a brief moment to power. But Turgot found the process of putrefaction too far gone; and after Turgot came the deluge. NOTE ON FRENCH THEORIES OF TAXATION IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. We are too apt to fancy that rational notions of taxation and of other economic subjects were unknown in Europe till the publication of Adam Smith's Treatise. The history of speculation on these subjects would be interesting, and has not yet been written. The subjoined note relates to two remarkable French writers, little known in this country, whose theories of taxation were such as, even in the present day, we may study with ad...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866. Excerpt: ... and the Academy of Painting and Sculpture; institutions which, it may be, have now served their time, and by degenerating into...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021772065X

ISBN - 13:9780217720656

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