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Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
Charles Howard FordCharles Howard FORD

Though extremely widespread in seventeenth-century Europe, absolutism existed elsewhere as early as 1500, when monarchs who were uncomfortable with too much political, religious, and social unrest aimed to pacify their subjects by claiming their divine right to the crown. Compared to modern totalitarian dictators, however, who have sophisticated means of surveillance and propaganda, absolute rulers were far less powerful. ...

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