Pros and Cons of Absolutism
The history of Absolutism began during the seventeen century during the transition from
Feudalism to Capitalism in England and was known as “The Divine Right of Kings” England
was experiencing a complete overthrow of their monarchy and its replacement was first by a
Republic and then by a new and weakened monarchy. For England, at the end of the seventeen
century they would see the erosion of the monarch’s powers in the “Glorious Revolution”.
Absolutism was a form of government where the ruling monarchs were responsible for God and
sovereignty was embodied in the King only. Despite the attempts by the Kings in England their
idea of Absolutism didn’t hit its full power like it did when King Louis XIV of France took the
I believe I share the same opinion of the majority of people throughout this country and even
worldwide that there are more cons and weaknesses of Absolutism than there are pros and
strengths. I will start out with the cons and weaknesses. In all reality the notion that one man, a
single “leader” could have all this power invested into him with a single view on the entire
country’s personal choices, religious beliefs, lifestyle choices, culture and moral values is
beyond insane and a form of slavery if you ask me. His views are not shared with the entire
country and for a single person to be in control of them all is disturbing beyond belief.
These monarchs were recognized as France’s supreme legislators, executors, judicators and
ruler of the entire country. In other words, the judge, lawyers and jury! I would say that is a
major “con” right there! Absolutism doesn’t take into account and even refuted any historical
developments during the scientific revolution during the Enlightenment era. It also debunks...
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