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Absolutism became prominent in the sixteen hundreds Many rulers were absolutists but only a few such as Louis XIV Peter the Great and Frederick William were successful in using this method of control out of the three one was the absolutists of them all Louis XIV Tasks such as subjugating nobles centralizing authority making money waging war controlling the countries culture and religion and creating glory all classify a monarch as an absolutist ruler Louis XIV was the ruler of France from 1643 to 1715 Above all Louis believed in divine right he had to answer to no one except God To do this he replaced his high nobles with the lower nobles so that they were seen as court figures instead of political figures he wanted total control During a peaceful time he would have up to 20000 men apart of the army and when war was a threat the number grew to 400000 trained soldiers Louis XIV engaged in at least five major wars during his reign Franco-Dutch War War of the League of Augsburg War of Spanish Succession War of Devolution and War of the Reunions Out of the wars he fought he conquered Ghent Duncy of Brabant and some of Spanish Netherlands He made all of the local governments and religious organizations subjects to him Louis participated in Gallicanism and took control over Frances church disregarding the Pope and the Clergys power He once said LEtat cest moi which means I am the state Aside from all the military success Louis XIV was not always successful with money management for France Jean Baptiste Colbert became his financial advisor from early on in Louiss reign To boost Frances economy he reduced its dependence on foreign goods and increased export by building more roads throughout France making trade easier Louis created the Palace of Versailles and relocated it just outside of Paris where the original palace was He was very appreciative of
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