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Rebels, Pretenders and Impostors by Clive Cheesman
Book DescriptionThroughout history, many individuals have dreamt of becoming a king, queen or president. Some have been successful, while others were pure fantasists. But both types took themselves very seriously, and often produced coins, banknotes, stamps, and heraldic devices as proof of their status. From ancient to modern times, from the Far East to the New World, this book looks at examples of pretend sovereigns and phantom countries, rebel states and royal imposters.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714108995
(240mm x 171mm x mm)
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Rebels, Pretenders and Impostors, Paperback (August 2002)» View all books by Clive Cheesman
An international survey of would-be kings, caliphs, emperors and rebel leaders, ranging from ancient to modern times and from the Orient to the New World. It examines fundamental concepts of loyalty and group identity in a commentary on the nature of legitimate power and established sovereignty.
UK Kirkus Review » There's something fascinating and occasionally even romantic about individuals who challenge the ruling power. Ever since Adam and Eve human beings have rebelled against authority and starting with ancient times, this book examines a cross-section of would-be rulers, some successful, others not, examining myth and fact and exploring fundamental notions of loyalty and power. Rather than take a chronological, case by case approach, the authors have chosen a bolder, thematic structure - kings and imposters; dreamers and hoaxers, and so on, which makes for interesting and unexpected links. A final chapter examines communal impostures and the creation of mythical national histories in support of individual nations' 'pedigrees'. A readable and provocative 'take' on the history and meaning of rule. (Contains some, mostly black and white illustrations.) (Kirkus UK)
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