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10.12: Conclusion

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  • The process by which states went from decentralized and fairly loosely organized to "absolutist" was a long one. Numerous aspects of government even in the late eighteenth century remained strikingly "medieval" in some ways, such as the fact that laws were different from town to town and region to region based on the accumulation of various royal grants and traditional rights over the centuries. That being noted, there is no question that things had changed significantly over the course of the seventeenth century: governments were bigger, better organized, and more explicitly hierarchical in organization.

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    Cardinal Richelieu - Public Domain

    Hall of Mirrors - Jorge Láscar

    Louis XIV - Public Domain

    Prussia - Public Domain

    English Civil War Engraving - Public Domain

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