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Introduction

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

Abstract

Why is it important to look at monarchy in modern or contemporary history? Is monarchy relevant? The answers to these basic questions have been assumed by much modern scholarship, but this Introduction explains why this volume challenges this easy assumption by exploring aspects of the reasons for establishment of the Windsor dynasty, the processes of its establishment and the marketing of the Windsor ‘brand’ since its formal establishment in 1917. The essays in this collection reveal the complexity of the monarchical role in the political and cultural life of the United Kingdom, and Empire/Commonwealth, by questioning the extent to which the Windsors have successfully responded to challenges to the role of monarch, and to public criticism of that role. The survival of the Windsor dynasty after 1918 is argued to have its roots in the ways in which, even before 1914, there were shifts already under way which made that monarchy seem one fit for purpose in a post-war world, enduring into the twenty-first century. The question is set up for the chapters in the volume of how, and why, and whether there is likely to be a continuation of Windsor success within the United Kingdom.

Keywords

Royal Family State Visit Contemporary History British History George Versus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Contemporary British HistoryKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of LawPlymouth UniversityPlymouthUK

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