Interregnum GRE Vocabulary Flashcard
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a period of time between the end of a reign or regime and the next one, time between one reign and the next, time without any control, government or leader, interlude, lapse, intermission, interval, pause, interruption
An interregnum is a period of discontinuity or “gap” in a government, organization, or social order. Archetypally, it was the period of time between the reign of one monarch and the next, and the concepts of interregnum and regency therefore overlap. Historically, the longer and heavier interregna were typically accompanied by widespread unrest, civil and succession wars between warlords, and power vacuums filled by foreign invasions or the emergence of a new power. A failed state is usually in interregnum.
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