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Violence and Legitimacy: European Monarchy in the Age of Revolutions.


Violence and Legitimacy: European Monarchy in the Age of Revolutions

Volker Sellin

De Gruyter Oldenbourg


336 pages




Departing from the narrow definition of legitimacy that dominated the Restoration period, Sellin explores the legitimacy, not of government in general, but of monarchy, which even after the French Revolution remained the prevailing form of government in Europe for more than a century. The success of European monarchies was due to the various strategies of legitimization they were developing in the face of the revolutionary menace, he says, dynastic succession in many cases, but some monarchs were able to continue exploiting the mass belief in the divine right of kings. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Title Annotation:Volker Sellin
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Mar 1, 2018
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