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The Resource A world of paper : Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the rise of the information state, John C. Rule and Ben S. Trotter

A world of paper : Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the rise of the information state, John C. Rule and Ben S. Trotter

Label
A world of paper : Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the rise of the information state
Title
A world of paper
Title remainder
Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the rise of the information state
Statement of responsibility
John C. Rule and Ben S. Trotter
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Language
eng
Summary
Historians and social scientists have long identified bureaucracy as the modern state's foundation and the reign of France's Louis XIV as a model for its development. A World of Paper offers a fresh interpretation of bureaucracy through a close examination of the department of the Sun King's last foreign secretary, Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Torcy. Torcy, who served as foreign secretary from 1696-1715, is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant foreign ministers of the ancien regime. Building on the work of his predecessors, he fashioned a skilled team of collaborators as he managed the complex issues of war and peace during the turbulent final decades of Louis XIV's reign. John Rule and Ben Trotter examine Torcy's department to depict administrative structures as they emerged through the circulating stream of paper that connected his office with provincial administrators and diplomats abroad. They explore the collection and centralization of information during Torcy's tenure through the creation of a modern state archive, discreet intelligence gathering, and the surveillance and management of the French mails. They also study the postal carriers, couriers, household officers of the royal court, genealogists hired for research, and an informal "brain trust" of experts, and advisors who carried vital information in and out of the department every day. A remarkable reconstruction of the department of Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Torcy, A World of Paper demystifies bureaucracy and explores the ways in which the modern information state developed from his labours
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Issued also in electronic format
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NLC
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Rule, John C
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • charts
Index
index present
LC call number
DC126
LC item number
.R84 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Trotter, Ben S.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Torcy, Jean-Baptiste Colbert
  • Louis
  • Louis
  • Torcy, Jean-Baptiste Colbert
  • France
  • France
  • France
  • France
  • Bureaucracy
  • Bureaucracy
  • Government information
  • Government information
  • France
  • Bureaucracy
  • Employees
  • Government information
  • International relations
  • Management
  • France
Label
A world of paper : Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the rise of the information state, John C. Rule and Ben S. Trotter
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [717]-772) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Louis XIV, roi-bureaucrate -- Torcy's preparation for and rise to power -- Mentorship and testing -- The Department of Secretary of State Torcy -- The Department's structures and personnel -- The triumph of the commis -- Finances and rewards -- Preserving, deploying, and controlling information -- Ambassadors in Paris and abroad -- Information and the formulation of foreign poicy -- Domestic administration
Control code
864505026
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 829 pages
Isbn
9780773543706
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits, charts
System control number
(OCoLC)864505026
Label
A world of paper : Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the rise of the information state, John C. Rule and Ben S. Trotter
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [717]-772) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Louis XIV, roi-bureaucrate -- Torcy's preparation for and rise to power -- Mentorship and testing -- The Department of Secretary of State Torcy -- The Department's structures and personnel -- The triumph of the commis -- Finances and rewards -- Preserving, deploying, and controlling information -- Ambassadors in Paris and abroad -- Information and the formulation of foreign poicy -- Domestic administration
Control code
864505026
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 829 pages
Isbn
9780773543706
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits, charts
System control number
(OCoLC)864505026

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