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despotism

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) — Politics.

Autocratic rule by one person. Thus in its original Greek sense a ‘despot’ was the lord or ruler of an unfree state. The Byzantine emperor was routinely referred to as a despot, the title...

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Toryism

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) — Politics.

More than just a colloquial synonym for Conservatism, the word Tory is older. Derived from the Irish for ‘pursuer’, it was applied first to Catholic outlaws in mid‐seventeenth‐century...

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