Factors Governing State Formation in Early Modern Europe
An analysis of the growth of European nation-states throughout the early modern period by means of political, financial and social restructuring.
# 104639 | 1,950 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Jun 20, 2008 in History (British) , History (European) , History (European - 16th Century) , History (European - 18th Century)
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This paper makes the argument that the principal factor in state formation across Europe was the power of monarchs to centralise and increase their effectiveness to rule in European states. Specifically, the author makes the assertion that the monarchies of Europe created early modern state formation through the centralisation of government institutions, military expansion, financial restructuring, dynastic marriage and the use of tools created through the scientific revolution.
From the Paper:"This centralisation and increased effectiveness of tax administration in the Early Modern era allowed a larger revenue to be collected into the royal coffers, in turn meaning that more money could be pumped into the greatest expense for any Early Modern leader, the military. As military tactics and technology dictated an increased cost in the waging of war, so it was realised that the more effective a bureaucracy was, the more effective royal armies could be. The centralisation of resources for armies created a unique situation whereby relatively small countries such as England and the Netherlands were able to wage-war with more demographically prosperous countries such as France and Spain. 'Good' government also came through the scrupulous effectiveness of taxation: the less money that stuck to the hands of local barons and entered the royal treasuries, the more the central power of the monarch could spend on consolidating the state through standing armies and more charismatic schemes. This meant the population of a country would see both centralisation and state formation in a beneficial light."
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- Bennett and Hollister, Medieval Europe: A Short History, McGraw-Hill, 10th Edition, 2006.
- Bloch, M., The royal touch: sacred monarchy and scrofula in England and France, London, Routledge & K.Paul, 1973.
- Bonney, R., The European dynastic states, 1494-1660, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1991.
- Burckhardt, J., The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy, vol. 1, New York, Harper and Row, 1958.
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