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Louis Xvi Comparitive Essay

  • Submitted by: dweiss2018
  • on January 5, 2013
  • Category: History
  • Length: 896 words

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Tokugawa and Louis XVI Comparative Essay
Throughout history, there have been few rulers whose reigns have been as unproductive as Louis XVI, and Tokugawa Ieysau.   Louis XIV took over the throne of France in 1643 at the young age of 5.   However, a regent ruled for him until 1661, when he fully took over the throne.   Louis’s reign was an unsuccessful one due to his failed military strategy, and complete disregard for the nobles.   Louis forced his overpopulated army into multiple wars that they did not have a possibility of success in.   Tokugawa Ieysau began his rule of Japan in 1646 and ruled until his death in 1715.   Tokugawa’s reign was unsuccessful mainly because of his military failures, and his oppression of farmers.   Throughout the reigns of Tokugawa Ieysau , and Louis XVI, it is clear that both of their policies were unsuccessful when it comes to nobles, peasants, and military.
Throughout Tokugawa’s reign, his strategy with the nobles was similar to Louis XVI.   The primary goal of Tokugawa was to establish control over the daimyo.   When Tokugawa took over, the first thing he did was to order the nobles to destroy all of their castles except for the ones they lived in.   The next step Tokugawa took in controlling the nobles was to enforce a policy that required them to maintain a residence at the shogun’s capital, and to leave hostages there during their absence.   This helped to limit the nobles because Tokugawa was able to keep a closer watch on the nobles at all times.   This strategy was one that was also used by Louis.   Louis did this by building the palace of Versailles, a palace that was half a mile long, and housed all of the important nobles.   Like Tokugawa, this helped Louis to observe the actions of the nobles at all times.   Like Louis, Tokugawa believed that nobles should have minimal political power.   The nobles had little say in how the government was run, and their influence was insignificant.     However, Tokugawa different from Louis in how he...

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