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Absolute monarchy
In an absolute monarchy, the monarch rules as an autocrat, with absolute power over the state and government—for example, the right to rule by decree, promulgate laws, and imposepunishments. Absolute monarchies are not necessarily authoritarian; the enlightened absolutists of the Enlightenment were monarchs who allowed various freedoms.

A Hardworking Monarch
Philip II(son of Charles V) ruled Spain from 1556 to 1598. During his reign, Spain was the most powerful nation in Europe.
Philip centralized royal power in Spain and governed as an absolute monarch.

AHardworking Monarch
Philip II (son of Charles V) ruled Spain from 1556 to 1598. During his reign, Spain was the most powerful nation in Europe.
Philip centralized royal power in Spain and governedas an absolute monarch.

Golden Age of Spain
Between 1520 and 1550, the conquistadores gave Spain a colonial empire and spectacular wealth. At the same time, Spain was swept into the center ofEuropean politics when the powerful Hapsburg dynasty inherited the Spanish throne.

Golden Age of Spain
Between 1520 and 1550, the conquistadores gave Spain a colonial empire and spectacularwealth. At the same time, Spain was swept into the center of European politics when the powerful Hapsburg dynasty inherited the Spanish throne.

Elective Monarchy
In an elective monarchy, the monarchis elected, but otherwise serves as any other monarch. Historical examples of elective monarchy include the Holy Roman Emperors (chosen by prince-electors, but often coming from the same dynasty), andthe free election of kings of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Elective Monarchy
In an elective monarchy, the monarch is elected, but otherwise serves as any other monarch. Historical examplesof elective monarchy include the Holy Roman Emperors (chosen by prince-electors, but often coming from the same dynasty), and the free election of kings of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth....
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