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Genella Clark
March 13, 2012
World civ honors
Absolutism and Democracy
The most effective form of government in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is Absolutism. Absolutism was the most effective form of government according to King James I of England in 1609, King Louis XIV of France in 1660, and Machiavelli the prince in 1513. King James I believed absolutism was the best form of government because the King deserves divine power over the kingdom or empire. King Louis XIV believed that absolutism was the most effective because he believed the more you offer the people the more they take it for granted. Machiavelli believes that a king should rule this way because regular men are deceitful and fickle. Absolutism was the better form of government in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the seventeenth to the eighteenth century was the middle of The Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was a period of time that included a number of writers living at different times in various countries. Its early exponents, known as the philosophes, became popular in the seventeenth century. The Encyclopedia was published in 1751 under the leadership of Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert. The Encyclopedia was completed in 1772. Most of the eastern Europe was in monarchies, but wanted to get out. The most effective form of government according to Machiavelli, the prince in 1513, is absolutism. Machiavelli believed that absolutism was the most effective form of government because a democracy would have all men controlling. Machiavelli sates in document 1 that “Men are ungrateful, fickle, and deceitful, eager to avoid dangers and avid for gain, and while you are useful to them they are all with you, but as soon as danger approaches, they turn on you.” Machiavelli is saying that most men are afraid and with fear you forget your responsibilities, and since most men were afraid of the consequences of voting they would theoretically run away. Machiavelli...
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