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Opposition to the monarchy was in deed a major factor. Many French nobles, a majority of whom adopted Calvinist doctrine, sought to regain and extend privileges lost to the monarchy. - Nexon, Daniel H. The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change. Princeton University Press, 2009. ...


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Religious sects (heresies) tend to be very heavily correlated to societies and their desires for who they want to associate with, and distance themselves from. For instance, German tribes in the late Roman period tended to take up Arianism, which quite conveniently provided them independence from Roman popes and a common sect amongst themselves. A similar ...


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As Pieter Geerkens pointed out, a balanced budget and the national debt are NOT the same thing. A balanced budget means that the national debt is not getting WORSE, not that it is being eliminated. Put another way, a balanced budget means that receipts and expenditures are in "balance." There were several reasons why the French budget was relatively easy to ...



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