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Monarchy

A system of government headed by a hereditary figure such as a king or queen. There are two basic types of monarchies. In an absolute monarchy, the monarch theoretically has complete control as an autocrat, though in practice other officials have varying degrees of control as well. In a constitutional monarchy, the monarch shares power with an elected chamber or other elected leaders and, in extreme cases, has little actual power.
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This situation is aggravated when other social groups are deprived, by the dynastic state, from participation in the process of decision making.
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Hence, the term "dynastic state" in the book's title: The army was a hub of private interest for both king and nobles.