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    Rebels, Pretenders and Impostors (Hardback) By (author) Clive Cheesman, By (author) Jonathan Williams


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    DescriptionThroughout history, many individuals have dreamt of becoming a king, queen or president. Some have been successful, while others were pure fantasists. But both types took themselves very seriously, and often produced coins, banknotes, stamps, and heraldic devices as proof of their status. From ancient to modern times, from the Far East to the New World, this book looks at examples of pretend sovereigns and phantom countries, rebel states and royal imposters.

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    Rebels, Pretenders and Impostors
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Clive Cheesman, By (author) Jonathan Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 204
    Width: 171 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Weight: 740 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714108995
    ISBN 10: 0714108995

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.6
    BIC E4L: HIS
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 909
    BIC subject category V2: HBTG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    BIC subject category V2: JPHL
    BISAC V2.8: POL025000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: WCF
    BISAC V2.8: ANT011000, REF013000
    Illustrations note
    112 illustrations, (12 colour ) bibliog , index
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 September 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    There's something fascinating and occasionally even romantic about individuals who challenge the ruling power. Ever since Adam and Eve human beings have rebelled against authority and starting with ancient times, this book examines a cross-section of would-be rulers, some successful, others not, examining myth and fact and exploring fundamental notions of loyalty and power. Rather than take a chronological, case by case approach, the authors have chosen a bolder, thematic structure - kings and imposters; dreamers and hoaxers, and so on, which makes for interesting and unexpected links. A final chapter examines communal impostures and the creation of mythical national histories in support of individual nations' 'pedigrees'. A readable and provocative 'take' on the history and meaning of rule. (Contains some, mostly black and white illustrations.) (Kirkus UK)