The Impact of Louis XIV on French Foreign Policy from the War of Devolution to the Dutch War Introduction From the perspective of early twenty-first century students of international relations, a critical assessment of French foreign policy in the late seventeenth century – between the War of Devolution (1667-1668) and the Dutch War (1672-1678) – is complicated by the conceptual gulf that separates the modern paradigm of international relations from that of the seventeenth century. In particular, this difference relates to the role of the primary actor shaping French foreign policy of that time - Louis XIV, absolute monarch of France. In some respects international relations of European governments in that era mirrors those of today in...The end:
..... foreign policy to punish the Dutch. Thus, Louis XIV’s perception of the French nation and policy as an extension of his personal “glorie” shaped his approach to foreign policy and played a critical role in his initiating events from the War of Devolution to the Dutch War. Bibliography Ekberg, Carl. The Failure of Louis XIV’s Dutch War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979. Lewis, W.H. The Splendid Century: Life in the France of Louis XIV. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Anchor Press, 1957. Nolan, Cathal. Wars of the Age of Louis XIV: 1650-1715. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2008. Shennan, J.H. Louis XIV. London: Methuen, 1986. Sonnino, Paul. Louis XIV and the Origins of the Dutch War. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988.