Government Takes Many Forms
Who has the power, who rules the state?
A single person holds political power and authority.
Most autocracies in history have been
in which the ruler acquires his/her position through
inheritance or family ties.
Monarchs may be called kings, queens, princes,
sultans, czars, empresses, emperors, etc.
Most monarchies were absolute monarchies until
the late 1700s.
The last absolute monarch in Europe was czar of
Russia, overthrown by revolution in 1917.
Only remaining absolute monarch is king of Saudi