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Nov. 20: History Forum Lecture

Visiting Assistant Professor Jim Coons will discuss “Claiming Absolute Power: Manhood, Nationalism, and the French State under the Sun King.”

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-13-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s fall History Forum lecture will be presented by Visiting Assistant Professor Jim Coons Thursday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Room 201 on campus.

Coons’ presentation is titled “Claiming Absolute Power: Manhood, Nationalism, and the French State under the Sun King.” The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

The lecture will describe how history remembers King Louis XIV as the “Sun King,” the monarch who wielded power over a nation in Europe. Coons’ talk will look at the early days of the king’s 75-year reign, when the nationwide civil war called the Fronde tore France apart.

The lecture will also include information about how the king rebuilt and expanded royal power by making use of ideas that the rebels themselves had championed.

Coons obtained his doctorate in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The courses he teaches at Minnesota State Mankato include European History to 1648, Social History of Renaissance & Unfreedom in the Early Modern Atlantic World and European History: Freedom & Unfreedom in the Early Modern Atlantic World.

Those who want more information about the lecture may contact Tao Peng, Minnesota State Mankato associate professor, by phone at 507-389-1611 or by email at

The History Forum Lecture Series, sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History, is an opportunity for faculty, students, staff and community members to learn about the latest historical research from local and regional scholars. The History Forum Lecture is presented twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

The Department of History is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,700 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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