Monarchy in Northern and Eastern Europe

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This essay compares the monarchical systems of power in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe in the early modern period. It considers the similarities and differences between the political systems of Muscovy-Russia, Poland-Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark. It considers the role of elective and hereditary monarchy, draws a distinction between consensual and consultative political systems, and argues that there were real differences between the systems of absolute monarchy instituted in Denmark in 1660 and Sweden in 1680, and the autocratic system of government constructed in Muscovy-Russia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History
Subtitle of host publicationVolume II: Cultures and Power
EditorsHamish Scott
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-959726-0
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


  • Monarchy
  • Poland-Lithuania
  • Muscovy
  • Russia
  • Denmark
  • Absolute Monarchy
  • Autocracy
  • Consensual Politics


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