Description - Royal Bounty by Frank Prochaska
As the constitutional importance of the monarchy has declined, the British royal family has forged a new and popular role for itself as patron, promoter and fundraiser for the deserving and the underprivileged. This text - which offers the story of the royal family's voluntary work from the 18th century to the present - is a study of the creation of a "welfare monarchy" and its social significance and underlying political meaning in a democratic, collectivist age. Drawing on material from the Royal Archives and elsewhere, the author traces the alliance that has developed between the Crown and British civil society, showing that the monarchy's welfare work has raised its prestige and reaffirmed its importance at the same time that it has brought vitality and success to a vast range of charitable campaigns and institutions.
He examines Palace social policy and royal motivation in detail from Prince Albert, who had a mission to give the monarchy a new moral authority in a period of diminished political power, to King George V and Queen Mary, who sought to fight socialism through good works, to Queen Elizabeth II, who has tried to create a caring royal image that would unite the nation.
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(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Yale University Press
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