Realities of Representation: State Building in Early Modern Europe and European America [NOOK Book]

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This books examines the idea of representation and the institutional realities that shaped it in early modern Europe and European America. Contributors demonstrate how a country's history, society, and national experience dictate how representation is realized in political institutions, including Cortes, diets, parlements, parliaments, riksdags and reichstags. During the 16th and 17th centuries these assemblies were dissolved, recalled, reinvented, and reshaped by the experiences of absolute monarchy, civil war, ...

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Overview

This books examines the idea of representation and the institutional realities that shaped it in early modern Europe and European America. Contributors demonstrate how a country's history, society, and national experience dictate how representation is realized in political institutions, including Cortes, diets, parlements, parliaments, riksdags and reichstags. During the 16th and 17th centuries these assemblies were dissolved, recalled, reinvented, and reshaped by the experiences of absolute monarchy, civil war, and revolution. This collection reveals how these institutions were a critical component of state building.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230260702
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 476 KB

Meet the Author

Maija Jansson is Director of the Yale Center for Parliamentary History and teaches in the Yale University History Department.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Notes on Contributors     xi
Introduction
Realities of Representation: State Building in Early Modern Europe and European America   Maija Jansson     1
Early Modern Europe
England
The Representation of the People in Eighteenth-Century Britain   H.T. Dickinson     19
Parliament and the Idea of Political Accountability in Early Modern Britain   Paul Seaward     45
Boroughmongering, Biography, and the Reform of Parliament: James Boswell and the Earl of Lonsdale   Gordon Turnbull     63
France
The Unrepresentable French?   David A. Bell     75
Germany
Noble Corporations and Provincial Diets in the Ecclesiastical Principalities of the Holy Roman Empire ca. 1648-1802   Ronald G. Asch     93
Ireland
Power, Politics and Parliament in Seventeenth-Century   Jane Ohlmeyer     113
Scandinavia
Repression and Representation: Political Culture in Early Modern Scandinavia   Knud J.V. Jespersen     113
Spain
An Unbalanced Representation: The Nature and Functions of the Cortes of Castile in the Habsburg Period (1538-1698)   Jose Ignacio Fortea Perez     149
European America
Traditions of Consensual Governance in the Construction of State Authority in the Early Modern Empires in America   Jack P.Greene     171
Governing a Colony pas commes les autres: The Dilemmas of Unplanned Conquest   Ramsay Cook     187
Conclusion
New Approaches to Early Modern Representation   Steven Pincus     203
Afterword
Representative Government: How Sure a Thing?   Robert Zaller     215
Index     225
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