Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 November 2012

286 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199585076

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The Financial Decline of a Great Power

War, Influence, and Money in Louis XIV's France

Guy Rowlands

  • Explains how Louis XIV's reign ended in bankruptcy and France started on the road to revolution
  • Offers a total view of a state's financial situation, and shows how military financiers dominated French finances in the early eighteenth century
  • Explains how strategic overstretch can dramatically magnify the economic burdens on a state and society
  • Shows how governments can mishandle unfamiliar financial instruments