World history/WHME101/Absolutism/Challenges to absolutism

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Read the following article. As you do so, consider these questions:

  • What religious arguments did Enlightenment reformers propose against absolutism?
  • What economic arguments were advanced in opposition to absolutism?
  • What political arguments did Enlightenment philosophers advocate against absolutism?

Wallbank; Taylor; Bailkey; Jewsbury; Lewis and Hackett, 'The Case Against Absolutism', World History International, 1992.

What were some of the arguments proposed against absolutism? Post at least one on WEnotes:

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