Penn Press authors are often in the news, making appearances, doing interviews, writing articles and essays, and being tapped as expert commentators. This sort of attention is often tied to the release of a book, with a flurry that tails off over the course of weeks and months. Sometimes, an author is dedicated to promotion, and works hard to keep the book in the public eye. Andrew Zimbalist and Ben Baumer, authors of The Sabermetric Revolution, have done a great job of this.
Once in a while, though, authors finds themselves in the middle of a media moment, weeks or months after their books have hit the store shelves. Case in point: Heywood Sanders. Sanders's book, Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities, was released in May, but with the summer convention season heating up, and expansion projects either underway or proposed around the country, Sanders has been asked to speak on the subject—or had his name taken in vain by those who do not share his views (Sanders is decidedly against convention center expansion)—over and over again of late. Here's a round-up.
The Orlando Sentinel: "Convention center gets $187M facelift – Work is biggest makeover in center's history"
Heywood Sanders, a professor of public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has his doubts. Sanders, who has written extensively about convention centers, said communities routinely overstate the economic benefits of upgrades and expansions.
He said attendance at the center's trade shows and conventions — the events most likely to bring overnight guests — has hovered around 1 million for 15 years, even though the center added 950,000 square feet in 2003. Sanders said other convention centers across the country have had the same experience.
"It's always the same argument," said Sanders, whose new book, "Convention Center Follies," includes sections on Orlando. "They'll say, 'We need something more — more amenities, more space.' But, ultimately, you're not coming out ahead."
The Washington Post (Op-ed by Steven Pearlstein): "Debunking the conventional wisdom about conventions"
Washington finally has a great new (tax-subsidized) convention hotel to go along with its great new (subsidized) downtown convention center. The glass-and-steel building is about as light and inviting as a 1,175-room hotel can be. With the completion of the Marriott Marquis, Washington is now positioned to compete for more and bigger national meetings and conventions.
Unfortunately, in the hypercompetitive world of (subsidized) conventions, there is never a good time to rest on your laurels.
Some counsel caution. The Moscone expansion "is based on a seriously bullish feasibility study," said Heywood Sanders, a professor of public administration at the University of Texas, who tracks convention attendance and accompanying hotel room occupancy nationwide.
San Diego Reader (Book review of Convention Center Follies): "How can convention centers be so dumb?"
A remarkable new book, Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, tells the amazing story of how one American city after another builds into a massive glut of convention-center space, even though the industry itself warns its centers that the resultant price-slashing will worsen current woes.
SuccessfulMeetings.com (Response to Pearlstein's Washington Post column): "Washington Post Columnist Lambasts Conventions, Industry Responds"
"Mentioned (but glossed over) in Pearlstein's column is the fact that the District is already beginning to book large citywide conventions that would have been impossible to attract without a headquarters hotel property within walking distance of the convention center." —ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV
Trade Show News Network (Another response to Pearlstein): "Yet Another Short-sighted View on Headquarter Hotel, Convention Center Builds"
Pearlstein goes to the old standby source for slamming any new builds or expansions – Heywood Sanders - a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, who in his book “Convention Center Follies” talks about the waste of money building centers when there is so much unsold space already available.
As summer arrives, much slows down, but not the flow of new books from Penn Press. This month, we saw titles in American History, Landscape Design, Politics and Human Rights, and more.
"A tremendously ambitious book, Backroads Pragmatists is uncommonly original and broad in conceptualization and research. The emphasis on ideas and their transnational circulation makes this the most important work on Mexican American civil rights struggles in the last decade." —Benjamin Johnson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Backroads Pragmatists is the first examination of the influence of Mexican social reform on the United States. Flores illustrates how postrevolutionary Mexico's experiments in government and education shaped American race relations from the New Deal through the destruction of Jim Crow.
360 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4620-9 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0989-1 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series
Gardens in the Modern Landscape: A Facsimile of the Revised 1948 Edition
Christopher Tunnard. With a new foreword by John Dixon Hunt
"A classic and seminal text that inspired a generation of students to change the world of landscape design. For architects and landscape architects alike, this book argued for a new aesthetic related to the art and times." —Laurie Olin
Accompanied by an introduction by John Dixon Hunt, this facsimile fully reproduces the 1948 edition of Gardens in the Modern Landscape, a manifesto for the modern garden that deeply influenced twentieth century landscape design.
208 pages | 6 x 9 | 200 illus.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2291-3 | $34.95s | £23.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9004-2 | $34.95s | £23.00
A volume in the Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series
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Crusade and Christendom: Annotated Documents in Translation from Innocent III to the Fall of Acre, 1187-1291
Edited by Jessalynn Bird, Edward Peters, and James M. Powell
"Dedicated to Powell's memory, this book is more than a fitting memorial, it is a masterpiece. . . . A monumental resource that will deservedly be consulted for decades to come." —Council for European Studies
"Far more than a sourcebook, this is an authoritative guide to the crusading movement in the crucial years between the Third Crusade and the fall of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem." —Thomas Madden, St. Louis University
"Crusade and Christendom is a revelation, a source collection that will revolutionize the teaching of the crusades. . . . An essential classroom companion." —Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee
Intended for the undergraduate yet also invaluable for teachers and scholars, this book illustrates how the crusade became crucial for defining and promoting the very concept and boundaries of Latin Christendom. It provides translations of and commentaries on key original sources and up-to-date bibliographic materials.
536 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2313-2 | $34.95s | £23.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0765-1 | $34.95s | £23.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series
Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest
"Few people can question the conventional wisdom of democracy like Ivan Krastev. Democracy Disrupted is his latest and most interesting intervention." —George Soros
In Democracy Disrupted, journalist and political scientist Ivan Krastev proposes a provocative interpretation of the "Occupy" movements that have surfaced in the United States, Great Britain, and Spain, as well as the more destabilizing forms of unrest in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
88 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2330-9 | $12.95t | £8.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9074-5 | $9.95t | £6.50
How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies
Edited by James G. McGann, Anna Viden, and Jillian Rafferty
"As the editors of this comprehensive volume emphasize, ideas matter—but so does their relevance. That's why it's inspiring to see so many great thinkers from around the world using policy research in practical ways to solve real world problems." —Linda Frey, Executive Director, Open Government Partnership
How Thank Tanks Shape Social Development Policies examines case studies drawn from a range of political and economic systems worldwide to provide a detailed understanding of how think tanks can have an impact on issues of economic and social development.
384 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4601-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0962-4 | $65.00s | £42.50
Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York
Cathy Lisa Schneider
"In past decades, most urban unrest in Western countries has been provoked by deadly confrontations between law enforcement officers and inhabitants of disadvantaged neighborhoods belonging to minorities. Offering a transatlantic comparison and a temporal depth to events which for the most part have been studied in national contexts from an ahistorical perspective, Police Power and Race Riots proposes a novel and crucial addition to the literature on the subject, allowing for a greater understanding of the often overlooked colonial and racial dimension of iterative disturbances in France as well as the little analyzed political and social aspects of the relative calm in New York—a remarkable achievement." —Didier Fassin, author of Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing
Cathy Lisa Schneider looks at the relationship between racialized police violence and urban upheaval in impoverished neighborhoods of New York and greater Paris, and considers some of the changes that have made American cities less riot-prone today.
312 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4618-6 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0986-0 | $69.95s | £45.50
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Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru
Received Honorable Mention for the 2013 Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America from the Washington Office on Latin America-Duke University Libraries and for the 2013 Eileen Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology.
Drawing on years of research in the highlands of Ayacucho, Kimberly Theidon explores how Peruvians are rebuilding individual lives and collective existence following twenty years of armed conflict. The micropolitics of reconciliation practiced there complicates the way we understand transitional justice and coexistence in the aftermath of war.
480 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 2 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4450-2 | $75.00s | £49.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2326-2 | $29.95s | £19.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0661-6 | $29.95s | £19.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series
Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China
C. Pierce Salguero
"C. Pierce Salguero skillfully uses religious studies, translation studies, and anthropology in his investigations. He provides a clear and nuanced account of the complex processes that brought Buddhist doctrines to China and enriched them with new ideas and practices. In the process he demonstrates that here, as elsewhere, 'knowledge about disease, healing, and the body is always inextricably interwoven with the social, economic, political, and personal histories of the people involved in its production and consumption." —Nathan Sivin, University of Pennsylvania
This interdisciplinary study examines the reception of Ayurvedic knowledge and other Indian medical teachings in medieval China through analysis of Buddhist texts, including translations from Indian languages as well as Chinese compositions between the second and ninth centuries.
256 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4611-7 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0969-3 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Encounters with Asia series
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Penn Press is pleased to announce the release of our Fall 2014 catalog. This season's offerings include a beautifully illustrated volume exploring the rich history of the Brandywine Valley, home of N. C. and Andrew Wyeth; the first retrospective of the life and work of the artist Peter Blume; a political biography of the distictive American activist A. J. Muste; and many more titles in American History, Politics and Human Rights, American Literature, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and more.
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As readers know, in recent months Ukraine has struggled with the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, and continues to deal with the threat posed by Russian troops massed near Ukraine's eastern border. Matt Qvortrup, author of Referendums and Ethnic Conflict, has been called on regularly over the past weeks to give comment and perspective on the evolving situation in Ukraine.
Most recently, Qvortrup published an op-ed in The Scotsman, and was tapped by BBC radio for comment. In his op-ed, titled "Crimean referendum is an act of desperation," Qvortrup argues that whether the Crimean referendum was legal or constitutional, it was brought forward poorly, and is unlikely to help the political situation:
The referendum can be a mechanism that consolidates a peaceful settlement. A plebiscite can provide the seal of approval to a negotiated settlement. This was famously the case in Northern Ireland in 1998, when a massive 73 per cent endorsement by voters in the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement facilitated the end of the Troubles. The same was true in Burundi in 2005, where a negotiated settlement between Hutus and Tutsis was endorsed by a referendum.
But the referendum must only be held after a compromise is reached. Anything other than that is likely to result in strife and in many cases, civil war. “War is the continuation of politics by other means”, the German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz famously noted. Nowhere is this truer than in the cases of referendums on ethnic issues.
Granted, all-out war is less likely in Crimea than in Croatia or in Bosnia, but a referendum is unlikely to be conducive to constructive negotiations.
Furthermore, Qvortrup believes that the referendum does, in fact, violate Ukraine's own constitution, saying, "It is difficult to see how the referendum to be held on 16 March can be compatible with Article 73 [of the Ukrainian constitution]." In this short BBC radio spot (40 sec.) Qvortrup expands on that view.
Today we have a guest post from Penn author Brian Connolly, whose new book, Domestic Intimacies: Incest and the Liberal Subject in Nineteenth-Century America, gives a history of incest and its various prohibitions as they were defined throughout the nineteenth century. Connolly teaches history at the University of South Florida.
In recent years, as debates have raged over the propriety of same-sex marriage, its opponents have frequently resorted to comparing it to incest in order to suggest their disgust. For instance, in April, 2013, the British actor Jeremy Irons equated same-sex marriage with incest. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Irons, after assuring his interviewer that he didn’t really have an opinion on the topic, wondered nevertheless whether the legalization of same-sex marriage would open the door to incestuous marriages. “Could a father not marry his son?” Irons asked, since “incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed.” Most who heard these speculations probably recalled then-Senator Rick Santorum’s 2003 version of the slippery slope after the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which declared anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional. “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home,” Santorum told an interviewer, “then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.” These claims, with little grounding in anything approaching reason, probably tell us more about Irons’s and Santorum’s fantasies than about homosexuality, marriage, or incest.
When conservative defenders of traditional marriage invoke the specter of incest, they do so in order to provoke disgust in their listener or reader. They presume that incest has always been prohibited, that it is a universal taboo that has never changed. Yet, this is a presumption with little basis in history. Since the late eighteenth century, the meaning of incest, in relation to the law, religion, and reproduction has undergone significant change. In 1820, for example, James Kent, one of the most influential jurists in the United States and a future Supreme Court justice, lamented the absence of a law prohibiting incest in the state of New York. “We are in a singular situation, in this state, and, probably, one unexampled in the Christian world, since we have no statute regulating marriage, or prescribing the solemnities of it, or defining the forbidden degrees.” Singular situation or not, it was not until 1830 that New York passed its first law prohibiting incest.
The situation was similar in the nation’s churches. There the incest prohibition, with a great deal of local and denominational variety, was derived from the Anglican Table of Kindred and Affinity, which enumerated sixty kin relations that fell within the purview of the incest prohibition. These included more relations through marriage than relations through blood. Even with a clearly defined incest prohibition there was near constant conflict over the meaning and parameters of the incest prohibition. The Presbyterian Church, for instance, was embroiled in a great debate between 1824 and 1842, when two ministers from North Carolina married their deceased wives’ sisters, a relation that was formally prohibited as incestuous. The conflict fizzled out in 1842 when the Presbyterian Assembly, amid great discord, chose to leave the latter marriage intact but not change the ecclesiastical law. Earlier, in 1810, when Jabez Huntington, nephew of Revolutionary War hero Jedidiah Huntington, proposed marriage to his deceased wife’s sister Sally Lanman, the pastor of their congregation, Walter King, refused to officiate at the marriage. After Huntington and Lanman found another congregation to recognize their marriage, King refused to administer communion. Despite the fact that King was upholding the incest prohibition as put forward in the Westminster Confession of Faith, to which his congregation subscribed, in 1811 his congregation voted to fire him for impinging on the liberty of Huntington and Lanman. Even here, in religious circles, the voice of the people trumped the supposedly immutable law.
We might, then, turn to the correlation of incest and reproduction that provides the specious logic of Irons’s anxiety. Incest was not commonly linked to hereditary degeneration until the mid-nineteenth century in the United States. Orson Fowler, the most popular phrenologist in the nation, was among the strongest proponents of this understanding of the incest prohibition. Indeed, he argued that the only reason to prohibit incest was to avoid its hereditary consequences. Of course, at the same time, Fowler argued that the most fundamental human capacity was sexual desire (or “amativeness,” in phrenological terminology), something that needed to be exercised throughout one’s life. He peppered his phrenological tracts with instructions for fathers to make love to their daughters and sons to their mothers. So much for the immutable, stable incest prohibition!
In 1858, in an attempt to lend statistical evidence to the hereditary degeneration of incestuous reproduction, S.M. Bemiss, a Louisville physician, conducted a study of 873 offspring of incestuous union. He concluded that such reproduction was much more likely to produce offspring with physical and cognitive disabilities than non-incestuous reproduction. Nonetheless, a year earlier he had argued that those hardy pioneers populating the western territories were of such strong constitutions that, in order to avoid the threat of interracial sex, they should engage in incestuous reproduction. It seemed that incest, which to Bemiss would ensure racial purity, was preferable to interracial sex.
Finally, the most dramatic transformation of incest law in the United States occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, when incest was redefined as a form of domestic sexual violence. This was a result of the insistent activism of second-wave feminists. Yet, such change did not stem from a belief in the inherent purity of the nuclear family; instead, it derived from the belief that the one persistent, one might say traditional, quality of the family was its structured inequality between husband and wife, father and daughter, and thus its penchant for sexual violence from which daughters especially needed protection.
All of which is to say that marriage, like incest, has never had a definite and stable meaning. Attitudes about incest, like attitudes about marriage, family, and homosexuality, change over time. The revulsion that Irons and Santorum seek to provoke by linking incest and homosexuality assumes that neither has a history. Yet, as the profound change in attitudes to same-sex marriage in little more than a decade demonstrates clearly, even seemingly timeless institutions such as family and marriage inexorably change over time.
Spurred by the National Labor Relations Board's decision stating that Northwestern University's football players are actually university employees and thus able to unionize, the Inquirer ran a story on Sunday discussing the changing nature of what it is to be an employee.
This past summer, Penn Press author Jean-Christian Vinel literally wrote the book on the subject. The Employee: A Political History traces how the definition of the word "employee," always politically charged, has changed. From the book jacket:
"In the present age of temp work, telecommuting, and outsourcing, millions of workers in the United States find themselves excluded from the category of 'employee'—a crucial distinction that would otherwise permit unionization and collective bargaining. Tracing the history of the term since its entry into the public lexicon in the nineteenth century, Jean-Christian Vinel demonstrates that the legal definition of 'employee' has always been politically contested and deeply affected by competing claims on the part of business and labor. Unique in the Western world, American labor law is premised on the notion that 'no man can serve two masters'—workers owe loyalty to their employer, which in many cases is incompatible with union membership."
Read the Inquirer's article, then learn more about The Employee here.
Here are the latest arrivals in the Penn Press warehouse. A batch of aclaimed books is now available in paperback. Purchase these titles now at www.pennpress.org or look for them at your favorite bookseller.
| Astounding Wonder: Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America
400 pages | 6 x 9 | 20 Illus.
Cloth 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4383-3 | $45.00 | £29.50
Paper 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2293-7 | $24.95 | £16.50
Ebook 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0667-8 | $24.95 | £16.50
Astounding Wonder explores the emergence and dynamics of science fiction in interwar popular culture. Read more . . .
| Heavenly Ambitions: America's Quest to Dominate Space
192 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 2009 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4169-3 | $32.50 | £21.50
Paper 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2296-8 | $24.95 | £16.50
Ebook 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0236-6 | $24.95 | £16.50
In Heavenly Ambitions, Joan Johnson-Freese lays out her vision of the future of space as a frontier where nations cooperate, and military activity is circumscribed by arms control treaties that would allow no one nation to dominate—just as no one nation's military dominates the world's oceans. Read more . . .
| Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theater
392 pages | 6 x 9 | 29 illus.
Cloth 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4233-1 | $55.00 | £36.00
Paper Dec 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2301-9 | $29.95 | £19.50
Ebook 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0689-0 | $29.95 | £19.50
Historians of British theater have often noted that the eighteenth century was an age not of the author but of the actor. In Rival Queens, Felicity Nussbaum argues that the period might more accurately be seen as the age of women in the theater, and more particularly as the age of the actress. Read more . . .
| Beyond the Architect's Eye: Photographs and the American Built Environment
Mary N. Woods
368 pages | 7 x 10 | 150 duotone, 21 color illus.
Cloth 2009 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4108-2 | $55.00 | £36.00
Paper 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2309-5 | $29.95 | £19.50
Focusing on images of New York, the rural South, and Miami from the 1890s to the 1940s, Mary N. Woods explores the ways photographers used the built environment to explore not only the gulfs but also the overlaps between modern and traditional culture in America during the early twentieth century. Read more ...
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Here are the latest arrivals in the Penn Press warehouse. These books are available for purchase now at www.pennpress.org. Look for them at your favorite bookseller.
| In Light of Another's Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages
Shirin A. Khanmohamadi
216 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 illus.
Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4562-2 | $47.50 | £31.00
Ebook 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0897-9 | $47.50 | £31.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series
Challenging the traditional conception of medieval Europe as insular and xenophobic, Shirin A. Khanmohamadi's In Light of Another's Word looks to early ethnographic writers who were surprisingly aware of their own otherness, especially when faced with the far-flung peoples and cultures they meant to describe. Read more . . .
| No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security
Thomas M. Nichols
232 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4566-0 | $39.95 | £26.00
Ebook 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0906-8 | $39.95 | £26.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series
In No Use, national security scholar Thomas M. Nichols examines the role of nuclear weapons and their prominence in U.S. security strategy, ultimately arguing that this belief in the utility of nuclear force is misguided and dangerously obsolete. Read more . . .
| Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia
William D. Phillips, Jr.
272 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 illus.
Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4491-5 | $65.00 | £42.50
Ebook 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0917-4 | $65.00 | £42.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series
Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia provides a sweeping survey of the many forms of bound labor in Iberia from ancient times to the decline of slavery in the eighteenth century. Read more . . .
| Ethnography in Today's World: Color Full Before Color Blind
312 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4545-5 | $59.95 | £39.00
Ebook 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0876-4 | $59.95 | £39.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series
In Ethnography in Today's World, anthropologist Roger Sanjek addresses the essential practice and purpose of ethnography in ethnically diverse settings. Drawing on decades of globe-spanning fieldwork, he examines how ethnographic fieldwork is and can be conceived, conducted, and communicated in today's interconnected world. Read more . . .
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Today the New York Times Room for Debate forum tackled the issue of democracies with monarchs. Omar G. Encarnación, author of the forthcoming Democracy Without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting, stepped into the fray with an essay entitled "Spain’s King, Eager to Lose Power." In his response to the monarchy question, Encarnación describes the almost counterintuitive relationship between democracy and the Spanish Crown in post-Franco Spain.
If it seems paradoxical that a monarchy could benefit democracy, you can look to Spain for a case study. In 1975, after the demise of the Franco dictatorship that had ruled since the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, the restored monarchy became a pillar of democratization. This explains why today, in light of persistent economic problems, many Spaniards question the expense of maintaining the monarchy, but few advocate for its abolition.