Progress Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... Under the protection of this edict the Huguenots became the most active and wealthy portion of the French nation.--Hale. 12. THE FOREIGN POLICY OF RICHELIEU. The period of Richelieu's government is that of the Thirty Years' War. That war was primarily a religious conflict between Protestant and Catholic princes. Richelieu was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic church; yet he gave encourage ment and financial support to Gustavus Adolphus. weakened by the death of Gustavus, he threw the military power of France into the breach against the Catholic Hapsburg combination in Germany and in Italy. When the war ended France had acquired large tracts of territory from Germany and placed itself in a position to gain still more. The Hapsburg power had lost forever its commanding position in Europe. Its place was taken by France. This work was not all done by Richelieu. He had the help of great generals, Turenne and Conde. He did not, himself, live to see the war ended. Though the great results for France were mainly due to him, we may doubt whether this great career worked for good or for evil. It crushed liberties good and bad to make the monarchy all-powerful. It raised France to a commanding position in Europe, to become a menace to the se When the Protestant party was curity and independence of its neighbors. Richelieu's work was first for the niouarchy. The people had for him a secondary interest, yet the man who accomplished those great results for good or for ill, in physical weakness and suffering almost alone, and compelled to fight constantly for his position and his very life, was cer tainly a man of surpassing force and power. 12. THE FOREIGN POLICY OF RICHE-I LIEU. Richelieu would have made peace with the Huguenots. more

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  • Paperback | 500 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236816153