What does the concept of enlightened absolutism mean?

Enlightened absolutism is a form of government, a kind of absolute monarchy. This policy was pursued in European states in the 18th century (second half). In Russia, the policy of enlightened absolutism was pursued by Catherine II. This policy was intended to finally eliminate the medieval feudal system and contribute to the establishment of market relations and capitalism. The author of the term itself and the theory of enlightened absolutism in general is Thomas Hobbes, an English materialist philosopher.

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