Asian Monarchies in the Modern Age

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A virtual book launch

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Tuesday 12 October 2021 05:00 pm until Tuesday 12 October 2021 06:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Asia
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La Trobe Asia
Type of Event:
Launch; Public

While the twentieth century saw the collapse of monarchies across Europe, recent events are a reminder that hereditary monarchies still matter in Asia. In some countries like Malaysia and Bhutan the institution is thriving, but they can struggle for relevancy given the pro-democracy movement in Thailand and fast-modernising landscape of Japan.

In an era of autocratic populism, does constitutional monarchy provide some safeguards against the megalomania of political leaders? Are they just feudal relics and ceremonial figureheads which should be abolished, or does the division between ceremonial and actual power act as a brake on authoritarian politicians?

A virtual book launch of God Save the Queen: The strange persistence of monarchies by Dennis Altman, published by Scribe Publications.


  • Professor Dennis Altman, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, La Trobe University
  • Professor Kaori Okano, Japanese Studies, La Trobe University
  • Dr Wendy Mee, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University

Chair: Dr Bec Strating, Executive Director, La Trobe Asia



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