Monarchies 1000-2000

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Reaktion Books, Apr 1, 2004 - Political Science - 320 pages
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Monarchies 1000 –2000 surveys a form of government whose legitimacy rests not on voluntary consensus but on age-old custom, heredity and/or religious sanction. Global in scope and comparative in approach, W. M. Spellman's survey establishes connections between monarchy as idea and practice in a variety of historical and cultural contexts across a millennium when the system was without serious rival.

Spellman examines the intellectual assumptions behind different models of monarchy, tracing the ways in which each of these assumptions shifted in response to historical factors. While no human institution has retreated as rapidly in the modern period, monarchy's remarkable longevity invites us to weigh the significance of hierarchy, subordination and dependence as constants of the human experience.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
The Idea of Monarchy
10
Asian Archetypes Chinese Absolutism and Japanese Symbolism
25
Monarchy without Manuscripts SubSaharan Africa and the Americas
71
Theocratic Monarchy Byzantium and the Islamic Lands
105
The European Anomaly 10001500
147
Monarchy and European Hegemony 15001914
189
Endings and Remnants Monarchy in the Twentieth Century
225
Monarchy and the State in the TwentyFirst Century
269
References
277
Bibliography
295
Index
304
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W. M. Spellman is professor of history and humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He is the author of The Latitudinarians and the Church of England, 1660–1700 (1993) and European Political Thought, 1600–1700 (1998).

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