Divine Rule Case Study

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OUTLINE This project concerns a detailed study of the Divine Rights Rule and the Glorious revolution in England. It aims to study both these topics while looking into the relationship between the two events. The project specifically concentrates on the end of the Divine Right rule: the reasons for the end and the subsequent consequences of the same and how it lead to the Glorious Revolution. There are two comprehensive case studies that have been taken up namely Divine Right rule in Asia and the separation of Serbia and Montenegro. The purpose of choosing the first case study is to compare and contrast the Divine Rule elsewhere to the Divine rule in England. On the other hand the purpose of selecting the event of separation of Serbia and…show more content…
Generally, one person always claimed to be descended of God and claims to have "evidence" of divine birthright to the kingdom. In many countries the divine rule was followed with certain variations that suited their culture at different periods in history. For example, the Pharaohs in Egypt were said to be selected by gods and apparently were "fated" to rule the entire country. Due to their "divinity," the Pharaohs were then worshipped and looked upon as Gods themselves. In Asian countries divine rule prevailed largely in the states of China, Malay countries such as Malaysia, Brunei and Philippines and also in our own country in the Tamil culture. In the Mesopotamian culture kings were considered deities only after their death. Some major countries with divine rule in Asia in the past and the origin of divine rule in Asia have been briefly discussed below. MANDATE OF…show more content…
There were several minor Gods, heroes and other mythical figures that Chinese believed in unlike the Christians who believed in just a single omnipotent figure called God. For this reason the Mandate of Heaven was granted by a supernatural community and not just a single godhead like in Christianity. • The mandate could be selected from any strata of society unlike the divine rule in England that only allowed individuals born in the royal family to be the king. The concept of the Mandate of Heaven had many lasting effects on China and on many other countries such as Korea and Annam ( a country in northern Vietnam) that were within the ambit of China's cultural influence. Unlike in England where the divine rights theory didn’t have many positive effects as the king with divine powers used the powers in selfish ways , in China the fear of losing the Mandate motivated rulers to act responsibly in carrying out the duties towards their subjects as efficiently as possible. The Mandate also paved way for incredible social mobility and upliftment for several peasant rebellion leaders who eventually became emperors. Most importantly it also gave people a reasonable explanation and a person to look for and blame for otherwise what were considered as inevitable events, such as flood, droughts, earthquakes, famines and disease

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