The Establishment of French Absolutism,1574-1610

The Establishment of French Absolutism,1574-1610

The Establishment of French Absolutism,1574-1610

The Establishment of French Absolutism,1574-1610

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The use of "source books" in college classes in history is a well-established practice. Most of the source books now available, however, cover a long period of time, and their contents consist chiefly of single extracts illustrating specific incidents or describing social and economic conditions; it is rarely possible with the material thus provided to study any topic satisfactorily. In recent years a new type of source book has appeared which provides a series of problems, each of which is set forth in considerable detail and often with conflicting evidence. But usually the problems are so long that only one or two of them can be used in a single course; moreover, the number of problems offered is small, and only a few aspects of history are covered.

The purpose of Landmarks in History is to provide a number of problems of moderate length, each of which will be bound and sold separately. Extracts from the chief sources for the study of each problem will be put together in such a way as to illustrate at once the course of events and the forces at work and, at the same time, to give students both a very fair idea of the mate-

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