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Historical Perspectives on Legitimacy: Lessons from Revolutions and Regime Changes


Phillipa Armeanu

This article delves into the complex theme of legitimacy in the context of historical revolutions and regime changes. By analyzing key historical events, including the American Revolution, the French Revolution and the fall of the Soviet Union, this article aims to shed light on the multifaceted nature of legitimacy and its pivotal role in shaping the destiny of nations. The study highlights the evolution of legitimacy from traditional monarchical systems to more modern democratic ideals and explores how legitimacy crises have often acted as catalysts for revolutionary movements. Drawing lessons from history, the article emphasizes the importance of striking a balance between the rulers' authority and the consent of the governed in maintaining stability and preventing widespread upheaval.

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