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Monarchies 1000-2000 By W.M. Spellman

Monarchies 1000-2000 by W.M. Spellman

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Surveys an influential form of government whose legitimacy rests on age-old custom, heredity and/or religious sanction. Comparative in approach, this text establishes connections between monarchy as idea and practice in a variety of cultural contexts across the last millennium.

Monarchies 1000-2000 Summary

Monarchies 1000-2000 by W.M. Spellman

This work surveys an influential 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, this text establishes connections between monarchy as idea and practice in a variety of historical and cultural contexts across the last millennium, during which time the system was without serious rival. The author examines the intellectual assumptions behind different models of monarchy, tracing the ways in which each of these assumptions shifted in response to historical factors including the expansion of literacy, the development of modern science, the growth of rationalism and the decline of institutional religion.

Monarchies 1000-2000 Reviews

'Although relatively more attention is paid to Europe than to the other regions, important insights on all areas are included. This book should be of interest to students of anthropology and sociology as well as government and history.' - Choice 'Overall, it is difficult to do justice in a short review to the wealth of material contained in this book ... as a guide to the topic, it will be warmly welcomed.' - Millennium 'Wide-ranging... One of the book's great strengths is the rigorously comparative perspective Spellman brings to his material. The book presents a convincing portrait of the large role monarchs and monarchy have played in the development of human political organizations, and would provide an excellent resource for teaching or a beginning point for discussion.' - "Sixteenth Century Journal"

About W.M. Spellman

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), European Political Thought, 1600 - 1700 (1998) and Uncertain Identity: International Migration since 1945 (Reaktion, 2008).

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GOR002702412
Monarchies 1000-2000 by W.M. Spellman
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Reaktion Books
2001-06-01
320
1861890877
9781861890870
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