Transnational histories of the 'Royal Nation'

Milinda Banerjee (Editor), Charlotte Backerra (Editor), Cathleen Sarti (Editor)

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This book challenges existing accounts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in which political developments are explained in terms of the rise of the nation-state. While monarchies are often portrayed as old-fashioned – as things of the past – we argue that modern monarchies have been at the centre of nation-construction in many parts of the world. Today, roughly a quarter of states define themselves as monarchies as well as nation-states – they are Royal Nations. This is a global phenomenon. This volume interrogates the relationship between royals and ‘their’ nations with transnational case studies from Asia, Africa, Europe as well as South America. The seventeen contributors discuss concepts and structures, visual and performative representations, and memory cultures of modern monarchies in relation to rising nationalist movements. This book thereby analyses the worldwide significance of the Royal Nation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages365
ISBN (Electronic)9783319505237
ISBN (Print)9783319505220, 9783319844190
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Monarchy
  • Global history
  • Transnational History
  • European History
  • Asia
  • Cultural history


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