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

Author: Volker Sellin
Publisher: Berlin : De Gruyter, 2017.
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Benjamin Constant distinguished two kinds of government: unlawful government based on violence, and legitimate government based on the general will. In Europe monarchy was for over a thousand years considered the natural form of legitimate government. The sources of its legitimacy were the dynastic principle, religion, and the ability to protect against foreign aggression. At the end of the eighteenth century the
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Sellin, Volker.
Violence and Legitimacy : European Monarchy in the Age of Revolutions.
Berlin : De Gruyter, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Volker Sellin
ISBN: 9783110561395 3110561395 9783110559002 3110559005 9783110561401 3110561409
OCLC Number: 1020029362
Description: 1 online resource (346 pages)
Contents: Intro; Preface; Preface to the German edition of 2011; Contents; 1. Introduction; 2. Violence; 3. Dynasty; 4. Religion; 5. Success in War; 6. Enlightenment; 7. Constitution; 8. Nation; 9. Social Reform; 10. Charisma; 11. Summary; 12. List of Abbreviations; 13. Picture Credits; 14. Bibliography; Index.
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Benjamin Constant distinguished two kinds of government: unlawful government based on violence, and legitimate government based on the general will. In Europe monarchy was for over a thousand years considered the natural form of legitimate government. The sources of its legitimacy were the dynastic principle, religion, and the ability to protect against foreign aggression. At the end of the eighteenth century the revolutions in America and France called into question the traditional legitimacy of monarchy, but Volker Sellin shows that in response to this challenge monarchy opened up new sources of legitimacy by concluding alliances with constitutionalism, nationalism, and social reform. In some cases the age of revolution brought on a new type of leader, basing his claim to power on charisma.

Warum nehmen Menschen es hin, dass andere Menschen Herrschaft über sie ausüben? Sie lassen sich beherrschen, solange sie die Herrschaft als legitim anerkennen. Ohne Legitimität wird Herrschaft zur Gewalt. Als legitime Form der Herrschaft galt in Europa über ein Jahrtausend lang die Monarchie. Erst Aufklärung und Revolution stellten die Legitimität der Monarchie in Frage. In einem europaweiten Vergleich, der meisterhaft Politik- und Kulturgeschichte verzahnt, zeigt Volker Sellin, wie die Monarchie es verstand, ihre Legitimität trotzdem fast überall noch über Generationen hinweg zu bewahren. Welchen Anteil hatten daran die traditionellen Vorstellungen von dynastischer Herrschaftsberechtigung, Gottesgnadentum und Kriegserfolg? Welche Bedeutung gewannen neue legitimitätsstiftende Leistungen wie Verfassungsgebung, nationale Politik oder soziale Reform? "Die Fragen des sehr gelungenen Buches werfen historisches Licht auf die Gegenwart. Das Problem, wie man Macht und Legitimität in umstürzenden Zeiten beibehält, ist nicht nur für gekrönte Häupter in der Vergangenheit relevant." (Bo Stråth, Professor für nordische, europäische und Weltgeschichte an der Universität Helsinki).

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