Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Transitions

This is the most heartbreaking list on Wikipedia, but a useful one in that it reminds us just how marginal republicanism was (in spite of the American, French, and Latin American revolutions) until the second decade of the 20th century. I think most monarchists, including myself, would be willing to accept as permanent the republics established before 1870, with the possible additions of Iceland (which had a medieval quasi-republican tradition), Finland, and the Baltics (though it would be lovely to see the Royal House of Lithuania given a chance). But the other newer republics beginning with the French are abominations.

2 comments:

Aaron Traas said...

Not a whole lot of Republican victories since the 70's. Maybe it's time for the pendulum to swing back.

Gus Montfort said...

This is not too surprizing as the US was at its most ascendent after WWI & WWII and has been history's most ardent propogator of republicanism/democracy.