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HIS 320 Absolutism and Enlightenment: 1650-1789 (3 credits)

Ideas of human freedom and individual rights first spread widely while states attempted to impose strict controls on their subjects. The course will examine the works of absolutist and Enlightenment thinkers, the political machinery of the (would-be) absolutist state, the tensions and accommodations between the two, and the culture and society that surrounded them.