John Hurt, Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of Delaware
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
John J. Hurt taught European history at the University of Delaware from 1969 to 2015. He specialized in seventeenth-century France and the reign of Louis XIV and taught courses in those areas and in the French Revolution and Napoleon. Late in his career, he became interested in European military history and offered a military history survey course and an upper-level course in World War II in Europe. He studied history and French literature at Mercer University, Macon, Ga., where he graduated in 1960. He earned an M.A. (1962) and a Ph.D. (1970) in history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and was a Fulbright Scholar in France, 1966-1968. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1962-1964. Dr. Hurt was chair of the Department of History, 2008 to 2013.
- Louis XIV and the Parlements (Manchester University Press, 2002).
- Odyssey of a Bombardier: The POW Log of Richard M. Mason with Steven E. Sidebotham (University of Delaware Press, 2014).
|Odyssey of a Bombardier: The POW Log of Richard M. Mason||Hurt, John||Steven E. Sidebotham||University of Delaware Press||2014|
|Louis XIV and the Parlements||Hurt, John||Manchester University Press||2002||http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719069802/||<p>This is the first scholarly study of the political and economic
relationship between Louis XIV and the parlements of France, the
Parlement of Paris and all the provincial tribunals. The author explains
how the king managed to impose strict political discipline for which
this reign, and only this reign, is known. Hurt shows that the king
built upon that discipline to extract large sums of money from the
judges in the parlements, thus damaging their economic interests. When
the king died in 1715, the regent, Philippe d'Orléans, after a brief
attempt to befriend the parlements through compromise, resorted to the
authoritarian methods of Louis XIV and perpetuated the Sun King's
political and economic legacy.
This study calls into question current revisionist understanding of
Louis XIV and insists that absolute government had a harsh reality at
its core. Based upon extensive archival research, this remarkable book
will be of interest to all students of the history of early modern
France and the monarchies of Europe.</p>|
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