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?
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.
It begins with introductory chapters on challenges facing the traditional Arab monarchies
and the powerful impact of Islam on their histories.
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.
Herb argues that the Arab monarchies
of the Gulf have succeeded in fashioning enduring political rule through intrafamily cohesion, which he terms "dynastic monarchy.
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.
On the eve of World War I, only four nations in Europe, and none of any consequence (France, Portugal, San Marino, and Switzerland), were not monarchies
Furthermore, worldwide, militaries, not civil society, have posed the greatest danger to monarchies
in this century.
This is true of all constitutional monarchies
-- the United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Japan to name just a few.