October 10, 2012
Who was the better leader, Louis XIV or Peter the Great?
---A Better France Under the Rule of Sun King: Louis XIV
Louis XIV and Peter the Great were two of the most famous absolutism monarchs in Europe. In my point of view Louis XIV did a better job as a leader. In the 17th century the Europe world entered the age of absolutism. After the religious wars, most European people put their attentions back from the wars and more focused on their own life. At that time, nobles and kings of European countries get more power in managing people. And monarchs’ power and rights reached to the top stage as they claimed to rule by divine will.
Louis XIV and Peter the great became absolutism monarchs because of different reasons. Louis XIV inherited absolutism from his father Louis XIII but not created absolutism, in another word Louis XIV was forced to become the monarch of France because of his blood.【idea: Louis was born to be the lord】
There had a lot of similarities between Louis XIV and Peter the Great when the一ruled their countries. As monarchs of France and Russia, both of Louis XIV and Peter the Great made their people economic suffered. They put most of their money in military and recreations. They had stood armies to defend countries against enemies. And Louis XIV and Peter the Great realized that nobles were threats of their throne and they paid a lot to build fabulous palaces to show off and for another reason, the continual parties which held in their palaces could make nobilities busy and as a result the monarchs could control the nobles in a peaceful and secretive way. They were both considered as ruthless monarchs.
Luck was also a necessary condition for Louis XIV to become a successful leader. Why he did similar things as Peter the Great but always made them better in more efficient way. France had XX before Louis became the monarch
Both of these two absolutist rulers, Louis XIV and Peter the Great have...
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