Making Sense of Constitutional Monarchism in Post-Napoleonic France and Germany

Hardcover | December 7, 2012

byMarkus J. Prutsch

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The collapse of the Napoleonic order in 1814 symbolised a victory over revolutionary principles, yet it was impossible to turn the clock back and negate the legacy of the Revolution and the Napoleonic age. Could monarchical claims for personal government be realistically reconciled with the legacy of the Revolution? This dilemma gave rise to the concept of a genuinely 'monarchical' form of political rule in Europe, which distinguished itself not only from absolutism and revolutionary constitutionalism, but also British parliamentarianism.Focusing on the genesis of 'constitutional monarchism' in the context of the French Restoration and its favourable reception in post-Napoleonic Germany, this study highlights the potential and limitations of the daring attempt to improve traditional forms of monarchical legitimacy by means of a modern representative constitution. With historical, legal and politico-theoretical aspects equally examined, this work contributes towards a clearer understanding both of the 19th century and European constitutionalism.

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The collapse of the Napoleonic order in 1814 symbolised a victory over revolutionary principles, yet it was impossible to turn the clock back and negate the legacy of the Revolution and the Napoleonic age. Could monarchical claims for personal government be realistically reconciled with the legacy of the Revolution? This dilemma gave r...

MARKUS J. PRUTSCH holds degrees in History and Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute Florence. In 2009 he was awarded the Bruno-Kreisky-Prize for Political Literature. Researcher at the University of Helsinki from 2009 to 2012, he is now senior research administrator at the European Parliament...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 10.8 × 5.71 × 1.04 inPublished:December 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230316492

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Charte and Constitutional Monarchism
Constitutional Discourse and Political Reality in Post-Napoleonic Germany
Transfer and Reception: Bavaria and Baden as Case Studies
Constitutional Practice: A Comparison
Constitutional Monarchism: Reflections in Political Thought
Results
Bibliography