POLITICAL ABSOLUTISM, OR
WHY THE KING IS RIGHT AND
YOU’RE WRONG
POLITICAL ABSOLUTISM
Political absolutism is a
form of autocracy, in which
all power is concentrated in
the hands of one p...
ELEMENTS OF AUTOCRACY.
Difficulty of autocracy:
maintaining a grip on power.
Autocracies typically rely on
preexisting pow...
DIVINE RIGHT
Divine Right is the idea that
a King has been specially
selected by God to rule over
his people.
Catholic int...
DIVINE RIGHT (CONT.)
Protestant Interpretation: King endowed to rule by God
through a Christian coronation. Anointed by th...
BISHOP JACQUES BENIGNE
BOSSUET
Court preacher for Louis XIV – justified his
absolute power through divine right.
Tutor to ...
“LE GRAND DAUPHIN,” STUDENT OF
BISHOP BOSSUET
MODERN DAY ABSOLUTISM
In the 20th and 21st centuries,
there have been many forms
of political absolutism
internationally.
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  • 1. POLITICAL ABSOLUTISM, OR WHY THE KING IS RIGHT AND YOU’RE WRONG
  • 2. POLITICAL ABSOLUTISM Political absolutism is a form of autocracy, in which all power is concentrated in the hands of one person. During the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, autocracy typically described a monarchy, or form of royal governance. Emperors, kings, and queens could all be King Leopold I of Belgium
  • 3. ELEMENTS OF AUTOCRACY. Difficulty of autocracy: maintaining a grip on power. Autocracies typically rely on preexisting powers – the priesthood, nobles, and royalty – to assert control over the state. Others use divine right to assert their control – that is, that they are endowed by God with the right to rule.Louis XIV as the Sun King.
  • 4. DIVINE RIGHT Divine Right is the idea that a King has been specially selected by God to rule over his people. Catholic interpretation: Old Testament talks of a lineage of kings created by God. New Testament shows Peter submitting to the rule of the Roman Emperor. Popes King Charles I.
  • 5. DIVINE RIGHT (CONT.) Protestant Interpretation: King endowed to rule by God through a Christian coronation. Anointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • 6. BISHOP JACQUES BENIGNE BOSSUET Court preacher for Louis XIV – justified his absolute power through divine right. Tutor to the King’s oldest child, Dauphin, who was a bit of a jerk. Argued in his political treatise that kings receive their power from God, making him a favorite in Louis’ court.
  • 7. “LE GRAND DAUPHIN,” STUDENT OF BISHOP BOSSUET
  • 8. MODERN DAY ABSOLUTISM In the 20th and 21st centuries, there have been many forms of political absolutism internationally.  Kim Jong Un – North Korea  Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe  Fidel Castro – Cuba  Joseph Stalin – USSR  Adolf Hitler – Nazi Germany