Absolutism During The Period Of The Enlightenment

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As Plato once wrote, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This concept can apply to many ideas, other than beauty. How similar governments are run is a good example of how something could be fundamentally the same, but in reality very different. Absolutism during the period of the Enlightenment can show many differences, even though the concept is the same. Absolutism is the form of government where power is concentrated in the hands of an individual. In an absolute monarchy, the monarch exhibits and exercises unrestrained, supreme power over the people. A strong centralized government is the key to the success of an absolute monarchy. Monarchs could create a strong government in their hands through various means, but all monarchs exercised the four characteristics of an absolute monarch no matter what they did to keep their country under control, but still powerful. The methods of exercising the four characteristics of absolutism had many similarities and differences. The contemporary monarchs, King Louis XIV of France and Tsar Peter the Great of Russia, display the similarities and differences that are demonstrated between absolute monarchs. The similarities and differences in the four characteristics of an absolute monarchy, divine right, skilled administration, control of the economy, and a professional army, are good examples of how something can differ in practise, but still be fundamentally similar. Divine right is characterized by the belief that the authority of…
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