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Dante's Imperial Road Leads to ... Constantinople?

The Internal Logic of the Monarchia

Cary J. Nederman

Dante's Monarchia has proven to be an enigmatic contribution to the corpus of medieval political theory. Although typically held up as the quintessential statement of the principles of universal imperial authority, the tract does not conform to many of the standard conventions of medieval Latin defences of the supremacy of the Roman Empire, eschewing, for instance, the theme of translatio imperii. In this article, I examine Dante's critique of the Donation of Constantine and related topics in order to argue that, by his own logic, the legitimacy of a universal Roman Empire resides not with the German Holy Roman Emperor in the West but instead with the Byzantine Emperor. By conceiving of the Roman Empire in a way that undermines the possibility of its 'translation', and by rejecting the alienability of imperial authority at the heart of the Donation, Dante leads a careful reader to conclude that the true Empire has its home in Constantinople, not in Germany or elsewhere in Western Europe.

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Class versus Nation

A History of Richard Turner’s Eclipse and Resurgence

Ian Macqueen

2009 ; Marwick 1999 ; Suri 2005 ). In Western Europe and the United States the New Left was critical not only of capitalism but also of the communism of the Soviet Union and its doctrinaire interpretations of Marxism. What took form as the New Left in

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Wiping away the Tears of the Ocean


Mogobe Ramose

incorporation into another country or by way of confederation. This point assumes singular significance if one considers that Angola, one of the territorially big countries of Africa, is ‘nearly as large as Western Europe’ ( Davidson 1981: 129 ). Why is Western

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The Future of Representative Politics

On Tormey, Krastev and Rosanvallon

Mihail Evans

, compared with western Europe its counter-democracy remains weak and underdeveloped. Expanding organs of oversight and prevention is a complex process and the thinness of Bulgarian counter democracy needs also to be accounted for in wider cultural terms that

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Thom Brooks

. ‘ Effects of Flat Tax Reform in Western Europe ’, Journal of Policy Modeling 31 : 620 – 36 . 10.1016/j.jpolmod.2009.06.001 Philips , M. 1984 . ‘ Bribery ’, Ethics 94 : 621 – 36 . 10.1086/292580 Rousseau , J. 1997 . The Social Contract and

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Neither Shadow nor Spectre

Populism as the Ideological Embodiment of the Democratic Paradox

Anthony Lawrence Borja

-First Century Populism: The Spectre of Western European Democracy . New York : Palgrave Macmillan , 15 – 29 . 10.1057/9780230592100_2 Paxton , R. 1998 . ‘ The Five Stages of Fascism ’, Journal of Modern History 70 ( 1 ): 1 – 23 . doi: 10