Essay about The Between Absolutism And Popular Sovereignty

707 Words Feb 4th, 2016 3 Pages
The world today has many forms of government such as absolute monarch, democracy, and dictatorship. In the past most of the world was monarch and still is today. Popular sovereignty was not introduced to the world until 1762 and did not take action until 1776 when America adopted it. However, it is quickly spreading throughout Europe today. Absolutism and popular sovereignty have many differences but are the two most common types of government on Earth. Absolutism is known for being under a single leader. Many have stated that “monarchical government is the best.” In The Theory of Divine Right absolute monarch was the “most natural” which lead to it being the “most durable” and “strongest.” With the government under a single ruler it could also lead to it being the “most opposed to divisiveness”, “worst evil of states”, and the “most certain cause of their ruin.” In many societies absolutism “works in harmony” with everything. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet states in The Theory of Divine Right that, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” European citizens believed that God appointed the king and rules the country through the king. Royal authority in their eyes is sacred, paternal, absolute, and ruled by reason. The authority is saw as sacred because to make an attempt on the king’s life is a “sacrilege.” The king is seen as a father figure for the country which brings in paternal. The king…

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