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This front matter section of the book The Dynastic Centre and the Provinces: Agents and Interactions contains the table of contents, acknowledgements, a list of figures and maps and notes on editors and contributors. A gradual revision of European 'absolutism' took shape in the last decades of the twentieth century largely on the basis of research in archives that added regional and elite perspectives to the top-down monarchical view. The language of fidelity and subservience went together with a keen defence of local corporate interests. While the monarchical state harshly punished open defiance, it accepted regional elites as necessary partners in government, as a rule accommodating local interests and rights. The rulers themselves, whether strong or weak, relied at least a part of their lives on the support and advice of confidants in their domestic environment.

Keywords: Dynastic centre; European absolutism; twentieth century



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