The role of subsidies in seventeenth-century French foreign relations and their European context
in Subsidies, diplomacy, and state formation in Europe, 1494–1789

The focus of this chapter is on the notion and practice of subsidies in French politics and diplomacy in the seventeenth century. For France subsidies were an important means in the struggle against the House of Habsburg, a means that was made possible by the fact that the realm was quite advanced in its state-building process and that the king hence had a solid income through taxes. By means of its subsidies, France influenced the state-building process in other territories and also contributed to the fact that a balance between Protestants and Catholics was reached in Germany and Europe.

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