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Histories of Leisure

Histories of Leisure - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-1859735251

Cover of Histories of Leisure 02 (ISBN 978-1859735251)
ISBN13: 978-1859735251
ISBN10: 1859735258
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Berg Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2002
International: No

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Histories of Leisure - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-1859735251

Rudy Koshar

ISBN13: 978-1859735251
ISBN10: 1859735258
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Berg Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

In the wake of the American and French revolutions, European culture saw the evolution of a new leisure regime never previously enjoyed. Now we speak of modern leisure societies, but the history of leisure, its experiences and expectations, its scope and variability, still remains largely a matter of conjecture. One message that has emerged from a multiplicity of disciplines is that research on leisure and consumption opens up a hitherto untapped mine of information on the broader issues of politics, society, culture and economics.

How have leisure regimes in Europe evolved since the eighteenth century? Why has leisure culture crystallized around particular practices, sites and objects? Above all, what sorts of connections and meanings have been inscribed in leisure practices, and how might these be compared across time and space? This book is the first to provide an historical overview of modern leisure in a wide range of manifestations: travel, entertainment, sports, fashion, 'taste' and much more. It will be essential reading for anyone wishing to know more about European history and culture or simply how people spent their free time before the age of television and the internet.

Table of Contents

1. Seeing, Traveling, and Consuming: An Introduction
2. Museums: Leisure between State and Distinction
3. The Circus and Nature in Late Georgian England
4. Flaneurs in Paris and Berlin
5. Crowd Control: Boxing Spectatorship and Social Order in Weimar Germany
6. Travels with Baedeker: The Guidebook and the Middle Classes in Victorian and Edwardian England
7. Bicycling, Class, and the Politics of Leisure in Belle Epoque France
8. "Every German visitor has a volkisch obligation he must fulfill": Nationalist Tourism in the Austrian Empire, 1880-1918
9. La Vieille France as Object of Bourgeois Desire: The Touring Club de France and the French Regions, 1890-1918
10. The Michelin Red Guides: Social Differentiation in Early-Twentieth-Century French Tourism
11. Germans at the Wheel: Cars and Leisure Travel in Interwar Germany
12. Confessional Drinking: Catholic Workingmen's Clubs and Alcohol Consumption in Wilhelmine Germany
13. "As I walked along the Bois de Boulogne": Subversive Performances and Masculine Pleasures in Fin-de-Siecle London
14. "Jewish Taste?" Jews and the Aesthetics of Everyday Life in Paris and Berlin, 1920-1942
15. Leisure, Politics, and the Consumption of Tobacco in Britain since the Nineteenth Century
16. Hollywood Glamour and Mass Consumption in Postwar Italy

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