What is an enlightened despot?

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An enlightened despot is an authoritarian leader who exercises rationality and, in some cases, tolerance. While authoritarian leadership is inherently repressive in some ways, this does not mean that the leader cannot exercise tolerance in other areas.

Authoritarianism and cruel governance are often viewed as tied together, and there is a correlation. However, some despots and monarchs have improved the lives of their citizens, and many allow free religion and some degree of free speech. The "enlightened" portion of the term refers to the Enlightenment period in Europe, but it has been retroactively applied to a number of historic leaders as well.

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reform of the law, greater participation by the people, more efficient civil administration.
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Enlightened Despotism, a movement of top-down reform that took place in some 18th-century
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Enlightened despotism (also called enlightened absolutism) was a form of government that tried to combine an absolute monarchy with the more democratic ideas of the Enlightenment.
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a despot is a ruler with absolute power. An enlightened one will actually care about his country and people & do positive things to help.
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