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- ISBN: 9781422221419 | 1422221415
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 1/1/2013
Monarchy is a form of government in which a hereditary ruler serves as head of state, typically for life. Monarchies have existed since the dawn of human civilization. But while the kings and queens, emperors and empresses of the past wielded broad (and often absolute) power, many of today's monarchs perform ceremonial functions only.