The Crisis of Legitimation in Bush’s America and Henry IV’s England
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When considering political practices across la longue durée, from the medi- eval period to the modern, from the English monarchy to the American presidency, one might consider a number of points of contact: the composition of elites who support those in power and upon whose power their status depends; the activities of political operatives whose efforts insulate those in power from accusation and danger; the motives of the economic oligarchies who most benefit from their candidates’ successes; the cross-generational family and kinship networks that engender power and benefit from those relationships; and many other factors that center upon the persons, structures, and processes of power. However, my point of reference between the medieval and modern periods concerns a defining absence at the center of two political moments and the discursive techniques used to traverse that gap.
KeywordsFifteenth Century Bush Administration Symbolic Violence Civilian Death Iraq Body Count
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