Transnational Histories of the 'Royal Nation'

  • Milinda Banerjee
  • Charlotte Backerra
  • Cathleen Sarti

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Charlotte Backerra, Milinda Banerjee, Cathleen Sarti
    Pages 1-17
  3. Conceptualizing the Royal Nation

  4. Visualizing and Performing the Royal Nation

  5. Remembering the Royal Nation

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 361-365

About this book


This book challenges existing accounts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in which political developments are explained in terms of the rise of the nation-state. While monarchies are often portrayed as old-fashioned – as things of the past – we argue that modern monarchies have been at the centre of nation-construction in many parts of the world. Today, roughly a quarter of states define themselves as monarchies as well as nation-states – they are Royal Nations. This is a global phenomenon. This volume interrogates the relationship between royals and ‘their’ nations with transnational case studies from Asia, Africa, Europe as well as South America. The fifteen contributors discuss concepts and structures, visual and performative representations, and memory cultures of modern monarchies in relation to rising nationalist movements. This book thereby analyses the worldwide significance of the Royal Nation.


Royalty Political cultures Nationalism Cultural identities Area studies Monarchy Modern Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Milinda Banerjee
    • 1
  • Charlotte Backerra
    • 2
  • Cathleen Sarti
    • 3
  1. 1.Presidency UniversityKolkataIndia
  2. 2.University of MainzMainzGermany
  3. 3.University of MainzMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50522-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50523-7
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