Malaysia is a kingdom of sorts, and Spain has become one again. The number of monarchies has appreciably diminished, yet monarchies and dynasties continue to have charisma: the appeal of the House of Habsburg remains potent in Austria and Hungary, the Romanovs have supporters in Russia, and even in France a recent public opinion poll showed nearly one in five would welcome a restored monarchy. Divided into three sections, this book examines the various common denominators in those countries which have retained their monarchies, and concludes with an argument for the important role played by monarchies as agents of continuity, guarding and representing the national ethos.
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Author Biography - A. W. Purdue
Bill Purdue is senior lecturer in history at the Open University. His other books include The Monarchy and the British People (Batsford, 1998) and The Civilisation of the crowd: Popular Culture in England, 1750-1900 (Sutton Publishing, 1999). Sutton published a new edition of his The Making of the Modern Christmas in 2000.