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Contra pluralitatem principatuum : trois critiques du système dit westphalien (formulées avant la paix de Westphalie)

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Direct criticism of the "Westphalian myth" was made by historians. The author talks about three authors who have written more or less at the same time, the first part of the 17th century,, recommending that we end the political plurality of Europe, or that corrects: therefore with authors proposed before the conclusion of the Peace of Westphalia, to reform the state of things which, according to the Vulgate, the 1648 Regulations would have given birth. The three characters are as different as contemporary can be: all born in the second half of 16th century, one is a Calabrian visionary who spent much of his life in prison, the second is a nobleman, the last is an obscure Parisian scholar. Yet these men away from each other socially and intellectually, Tommaso Campanella, Maximilien de Bethune, better known by the title of Duke of Sully, and Emeric Cruce, share three fundamental ideas.

Keywords: Westphalian myth; criticism; Tommaso Campanella; Maximilien de Bethune; Emeric Cruce



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