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Newark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassAD01636FA6DB4391A23D0B2D5DBF7915"><p>​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.</p></div><div class="ExternalClass38B76674332C47D386573F2D248A28A0"><h4>Books:</h4><ul><li><em>Louis XIV and the Parlements</em> (Manchester University Press, 2002).</li></ul><ul><li><em>Odyssey of a Bombardier: The POW Log of Richard M. Mason</em> with Steven E. Sidebotham (University of Delaware Press, 2014).</li></ul></div>Publicationshurt@udel.eduHurt, John<img alt="Professor Emeritus John J. Hurt" src="/Images%20Bios/emeriti/hurt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Professor Emeritus



Odyssey of a Bombardier: The POW Log of Richard M. MasonHurt, JohnSteven E. SidebothamUniversity of Delaware Press2014
Louis XIV and the ParlementsHurt, JohnManchester University Press2002<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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