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The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture: Old Regime Europe 1660-1789 / Edition 1

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Overview

In this new account of Old Regime Europe, T. C. W. Blanning explores the cultural revolution which transformed eighteenth-century Europe. During this period the court culture exemplified by Louis XIV's Versailles was pushed from the centre to the margins by the emergence of a new kind of space - the public sphere. The author shows how many of the world's most important cultural institutions developed in this space: the periodical, the newspaper, the novel, the lending library, the coffee house, the voluntary association, the journalist, and the critic. It was here that public opinion staked its claim to be the ultimate arbiter of culture and politics. For the established order this new force was to prove both a challenge and an opportunity and the author's comparative study of power and culture shows how regimes sought to keep their balance as the ground moved beneath their feet. In the process he explains, among other things, why Britain won the 'Second Hundred Years War' against France, how Prussia rose to become the dominant power in German-speaking Europe, and why the French monarchy collapsed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199265619
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 867,629
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Cambridge University
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Plates
List of Tables
Introduction: The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture 1
Pt. I Representational Culture
1 Louis XIV and Versailles 29
2 The Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy 53
3 The status of the artist 78
Pt. II The Rise of the Public Sphere
4 Communications 103
5 Markets 136
Pt. III Revolution
6 The rise of the nation 185
7 The British way 266
8 The cultural origins of the French Revolution 357
9 Conclusion: The power of culture 428
Select bibliography 443
Index 463
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