enlightened despotism


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enlightened despotism

Rule by an absolute monarch intended to ensure the economic, intellectual and social comfort of subjects.
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British imperialism had long justified itself with the pretence that it was enlightened despotism, conducted for the benefit of the governed.
Declaring he had no use for Jews, Frank envisioned his own enlightened despotism presiding over a new Polish homeland (62).
I spoke to several disappointed friends in the liberal camp who now say they favour enlightened despotism.
Directed by French sometime auteur Jean-Jacques Annaud, the Doha Film Institute's first feature film co-production (partnered with Tunisian producer Tarek Ben Ammar's Quinta Communications) sets out to deploy a bevy of A-list (if bored) foreign talent -- Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Frieda Pinto, Tahar Rahim -- in relating a story of fossil fuels, tradition and enlightened despotism in the Arabian Peninsula.
Sections are organized by topic instead of chronologically, discussing the historical overview, science and the triumph of reason, the Church and Christianity, political thought and enlightened despotism, and the alternative vision of Montesquieu and Rousseau.
There can be no middle ground - enlightened despotism or complete meltdown will ensue.
The Marques de Pombal's successful, if ruthless, enlightened despotism and his visionary reconstruction of Lisbon is a recurrent motif.
Tauris, 39.50 [pounds sterling] hb, 14.95 [pounds sterling] pb) covers the whole European kaleidoscope but especially Joseph II and the Hapsburg monarchy, and sees Enlightened Despotism as the embodiment of the century's revolution in ideas, policies, government and administration.
The philosophes initially decided that enlightened despotism would be their political instrument of choice.
Although, as Himmelfarb insists, one cannot blame the French Enlightenment for the brutality of the French Revolution, one ought to observe how the apotheosis of reason, the embrace of enlightened despotism, and the conceit of the general will encourage illiberal and undemocratic tendencies of the sort that received expression in the Revolution's notorious excesses.
James Van Horn Melton shows how Pietism supported Frederick I's enlightened despotism in Prussia.