John C. Rule,Ben S. Trotter's A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the Rise PDF

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By John C. Rule,Ben S. Trotter

ISBN-10: 0773543708

ISBN-13: 9780773543706

Historians and social scientists have lengthy pointed out forms because the smooth state's starting place and the reign of France's Louis XIV as a version for its improvement. a global of Paper bargains a clean interpretation of forms via a detailed exam of the dept of the sunlight King's final overseas secretary, Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Torcy.

Torcy, who served as overseas secretary from 1696-1715, is largely considered as probably the most amazing international ministers of the ancien regime. development at the paintings of his predecessors, he formed a talented staff of collaborators as he controlled the complicated problems with warfare and peace through the turbulent ultimate a long time of Louis XIV's reign. John Rule and Ben Trotter learn Torcy's division to depict administrative constructions as they emerged in the course of the circulating move of paper that hooked up his place of work with provincial directors and diplomats overseas. They discover the gathering and centralization of knowledge in the course of Torcy's tenure throughout the production of a latest nation archive, discreet intelligence amassing, and the surveillance and administration of the French mails. in addition they learn the postal companies, couriers, family officials of the royal court docket, genealogists employed for examine, and a casual "brain belief" of specialists, and advisors who carried important details out and in of the dept each day.

A outstanding reconstruction of the dept of Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Torcy, an international of Paper demystifies forms and explores the ways that the trendy info nation built from his labours.

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