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Austria Keith Henriques History 21 August 22 1999 In my paper I will examine the absolute monarchy of Austria during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries I shall focus on the on the power of Austria its foundation preservation and expansion Lastly I will take into consideration the relationship between the classes the growth of the power of state institutions and some of the consequential figures in the evolution of absolute monarchy in Austria The foundation of absolutism was the theory of the divine right of kings This theory maintained that the monarch was Gods representative on earth In reality absolutism was a closer working relationship with the nobles in order to maintain control Ensuring the power of the nobles meant solidifying his authority The bureaucracy began to reorganize making it more effective on the local level Local and national government began to meet on a regular basis This was done by dividing the monarchy into ten units then dividing it further into ten subdistricts Kreishauptmann were the administrative heads of each district appointed by the King to work at the local level All this helped to extend the monarchs power to the far reaches of the domain To the people this basically meant that not only was the king a supreme ruler but he could emphasize his will with armies of unmatched size giving the idea of absolutism an illustration and an authenticity never seen before With this need for a standing army came the need for new funds These new funds gave way to a new system of tax collection Throughout history the war and taxes have gone hand in hand The goal of every monarch was to have independent power and only economic independence could make that possible Maria Teresa r 1740-1780 won approval of the realm to administer property tax on
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