The French Of French History

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For the duration of French history, those in high positions of power have endeavored to create and control culture in their personal interest. Countless rulers comprehended that the portrayal of power, in contemporary conditions what would be described as an image, is an embodiment of authority in itself. Cleverly, artists, artisans and intellectuals were employed as patrons on behalf of the ruling forms of government, manufacturing pieces that declared the validity of their power, fortified their supremacy, and intensified their stature. Often, the artistic urges of the artists behind the pieces were suppressed, conflicting personal impulse with the goals of ruling government. The correlation between power and politics, and thus the French cultured yielded through such a calculated relationship, is tainted by the very progenitors of the culture itself. The so-called achievements of French history are exacted as much by dissension and censorship as much as they are exacted by collaboration and patronage. In accordance with such an awareness of the true circumstances of French government and its intimate relationship with culture, most notably in the absolutist monarchy under Louis XIV, art becomes an invaluable resource meant to be utilized as a tool for the uncovering and understanding the realities of the time period, and its correlation with the politics, economics and social structures of late 17th century France (Leffler). By understanding the motives behind
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