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ARISTOCRACY. That form of government in which the sovereign power is exercised by a small number of persons to the exclusion of the remainder of the people.

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Years ago, royal soldiers killed her father and she lost her artistocratic home.
As society moves out of feudal organization, Barnave explains that artistocratic power eventually diminishes and either small republics or modern monarchies are formed, depending on the size of the nation.
Shuger uses Irish tracts to argue that the "organizing polarity" of Tudor/ Stuart critiques of artistocratic warrior society was civility versus barbarism, and that the Irish were regarded as northern European barbarians.