Similarly, the British sponsorship of the Hashemite monarchies
of Jordan and Iraq surely resulted in more responsible, accountable and valid regimes than what followed in Iraq in 1958.
Therefore, as I stated one year ago, monarchies
are good and will survive, and the evidence for this is clear!
The most interesting question stemming from this observation is: Do we know what it may take for monarchies
to be successful over time?
Over many years msy countries have abolished their monarchies
or their equivalents so by maintaining our dysfunctional monarchy we are living in the past.
The reasons for this change are hard to pinpoint, but they included fashion; the strain placed on the monarchies
of Europe by the two world wars of 1740-48 and 1756-63; and the beginning of the de-Christianisation of Paris.
This is particularly true of Arab monarchies
. There is a predisposition in the West to view them with a combination, on the one hand, of fear and contempt toward what are perceived as "oriental despotisms" on which the West is dependent for oil; and, on the other hand, of fascination with the glamorous image they evoke of Rudolph Valentino in "The Sheik of Araby."
Its success put mortal strain on European monarchies
, provoking state crises and revolutions from the eighteenth century onward.
With only 31 monarchies
left in the world, it has become a lot harder to find the royal of your dreams.
All the countries that appear to be the most forward-thinking have monarchies
- Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Norway.
All in the Family: Absolutism, Revolution, and Democracy in the Middle Eastern Monarchies
. By Michael Herb.
Although the book is derived from a comparative study of monarchism in Siam and Vietnam, there is no attempt to ask why the Vietnamese monarchy ended while the Siamese survived, or to situate the Vietnamese monarchy within the history of (Asian) monarchies
ALL IN THE FAMILY: ABSOLUTISM, REVOLUTION, AND DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN MONARCHIES
By Michael Herb Published by SUNY ISBN 0-7914-4168-7 Price $25.95