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L'etat C'est Moi ("I Am the State"): The Glorious and Influential Reign of Louis XIV, King of France

Participants will become acquainted with Le Roi Soleil ("The Sun King") and his government at the apogee of absolute monarchy in Europe. We will focus on political, military, economic, social and artistic successes, and the decline in these areas later in his life. Three periods in his 72-year reign will be explored, noting how each affected France, the King’s very full love life, and his nation's tempestuous relations with most of its neighbors.

Instructor Bio:

Michael G. Knapp, a Middle East analyst with the US Army, has worked in United States government research and analysis for over 30 years. His articles on Islamic Extremism and Islam have been published in numerous books and professional journals. He has taught popular OLLI courses over the past six years.

Required Reading:


Recommended Reading:

1.  Louis XIV, by John B. Wolf (1974:  W.W. Norton & Co.)

2.  Louis XIV, by Richard Wilkinson (2007:  Routledge) 

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A410 Michael Knapp April 11, 18, 25 Th 4:00-5:30 pm Country Inn and Suites A

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