The 14 essays in this volume look at both the theory and practice of monarchical governments from the Thirty Years War up until the time of the French Revolution. Contributors aim to unravel the constructs of ‘absolutism’ and ‘monarchism’, examining how the power and authority of monarchs was defined through contemporary politics and philosophy.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe, Cesare Cuttica, Glenn Burgess; Chapter 1a A Culture of Political Counsel: The Case of Fourteenth-Century England's 'Virtuous' Monarchy vs Royal Absolutism and Seventeenth-Century Reinterpretations, Janet Coleman; Chapter 2 Royalist Absolutism in the 1650s: The Case of Robert Sheringham, Edward Vallance; Chapter 3 Patriarchalism and the Monarchical Republicans, Gaby Mahlberg; Chapter 4 Cynic Kingship in the German Enlightenment, John Christian Laursen; Chapter 5 Polizey and Patriotism: Joseph von Sonnenfels and the Legitimacy of Enlightened Monarchy in the Gaze of Eighteenth-Century State Sciences, László Kontler; Chapter 6 Absolutism, Patriotism and Publicity in Denmark-Norway in the Eighteenth Century: Jens Schielderup Sneedorff, Andreas Schytte and Frederik Sneedorff, Henrik Horstbøll; Chapter 7 Jansenist Jurisdictionalism and Enlightenment: Two ways of thinking Politics in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Naples, Girolamo Imbruglia; Chapter 8 Early Modern Absolutism in Practice and Theory, Johann P. Sommerville; Chapter 9 An Absolutist Trio in the Early 1630s: Sir Robert Filmer, Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, Cardin Le Bret and Their Models of Monarchical Power., Cesare Cuttica; Chapter 10 Tyrants, Absolute Kings, Arbitrary Rulers and the Commonwealth of England: Some Reflections on Seventeenth-Century English Political Vocabulary, Glenn Burgess; Chapter 11 'Monstrous' Pufendorf: Sovereignty and System in the Dissertations, Michael Seidler; Chapter 12 Absolute Chaos, Absolute Order: The Rhetoric of the State of Nature in the Discourse of Sovereignty, Ioannis D. Evrigenis; Chapter 13 Bayle on Brutus : A Paradoxical Issue?, Luisa Simonutti; Chapter 14 'More Long-Lasting than Bronze?' Statues, Public Commemoration and Representations of Monarchy in Diderot's Political Thought, Tim Hochstrasser;
Cesare Cuttica, Glenn Burgess
‘there is much of interest in these essays’ - M. Smuts, University of Massachusetts
‘This fascinating and important collection of essays [...] do[es] much to deepen and enrich our understanding of monarchism and absolutism in early modern Europe’; ‘The volume is genuinely European in its range and coverage’; ‘this is a ground-breaking volume, and the standard of the contributions is consistently high’ - D. L. Smith, Selwyn College, Cambridge University
‘the essays are all of interest, and the volume as a whole a contribution to the study of what, until the triumph of modern democracy, was the most perdurable political institution in the Western world for two millennia’ - R. Zaller, Drexel University
‘This collection makes it abundantly clear that previous scholars have often underestimated the complexity of this concept [absolutism] and represents a commendable step in rectifying this problem’ - G. E. Schwartz-Leeper, University of Sheffield