Hist Essay #3 - A monarchy in the strict sense of the term...

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A monarchy in the strict sense of the term is a state ruled by a single absolute hereditary ruler. A constitutional monarchy, however, is a state headed by a sovereign who rules according to the constitution. Such constitution must be written and codified, as indeed it is in the vast majority of the constitutional monarchies of the modern world. In modern times, a constitutional monarchy is limited in two senses. The first limit is, naturally, the constitution, but there is a second limit. The sovereign can perform only a small number of public acts without the sanction of its mistress. Therefore, the constitution does not allow the sovereign actually to govern. The pure idea of constitutional monarchy, the sovereign reigns, and does not govern; and constitutional government comes more nearer, than any other country, in England. Constitutional monarchy can be defines as a state which is headed by a sovereign who reigns but does not rule. Thousands of revolutions have taken place throughout the course of the history of the world. These revolutions have changed the politics, history, and all other facets of civilization of certain groups. Most revolutions follow a basic set formula of events: a leader is overthrown, radical and extremist groups take control for a period of time, and then the government is eventually restored to its original state. Both the English and French Revolutions followed this basic formula with various differences along the way. The English Revolution which took place in the seventeenth century, and the French Revolution, which took place in the late eighteenth century to early nineteenth century, both share many similarities and differences with one another. One similarity of both revolutions was the causes: financial problems. Both King Charles I and Louis XVI were experiencing debt because of financial problems left
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behind from previous monarchs. Both kings placed the extreme tax burdens on the already poor peasants which further angered and oppressed them. Both kings had to summon on Parliament and the Estates General to raise revenue. Both monarchs attempted to use force to maintain their power but eventually lost to the liberal people who wanted a reformed government. The extremist period of both the English and
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2011 for the course HIST 1112 taught by Professor Unkown during the Spring '06 term at Georgia Perimeter.

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Hist Essay #3 - A monarchy in the strict sense of the term...

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