Henshall's "The Myth of Absolutism, Change and Continuity in Early Modern European Monarchy", Book Review by The Research Group

Henshall's "The Myth of Absolutism, Change and Continuity in Early Modern European Monarchy",
This paper is a critical analysis of Nicholas Henshall's methods of questioning the validity of absolutism as label for 18th Century. European monarchiesin as presented in his book "The Myth of Absolutism, Change and Continuity in Early Modern European Mo
# 21650 | 1,800 words | 1 source | 1994 | US
Published on Mar 05, 2003 in History (European - 18th Century)


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"Nicholas Henshall, in his book "The Myth of Absolutism, Change and Continuity in Early Modern European Monarchy", argues that the concept of absolutism as generally used by historians to describe kingly rule in early modern Europe is badly misleading and inaccurate. Henshall argues that absolutism is no longer a valid and significant concept, for it is too often equated with outright despotism, instead of being seen as a description of broader and more varied forms of monarchic rule. Therefore, the author examines the misuse of the term and endeavors to redefine the governments it was meant to describe in a way that will be useful to the understanding of the era and the governments in question. Monarchies were not "absolute" in terms of force and despotism and the crushing of liberties. In opposition, to traditional theories, Henshall argues that monarchies were ... "

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