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Culture of Power and Power of Culture

Culture of Power and Power of Culture - 02 edition

Culture of Power and Power of Culture - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780199265619

ISBN10: 0199265615

Culture of Power and Power of Culture by Blanning - ISBN 9780199265619
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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International: No
Culture of Power and Power of Culture by Blanning - ISBN 9780199265619

ISBN13: 9780199265619

ISBN10: 0199265615

Edition: 02

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Summary

In this fascinating 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture Overture Representational Culture and the Public Sphere The Nation
Part One: Representational Culture 1. Louis XIV and Versailles 2. The Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy 3. The Status of the Artist
Part Two: The Rise of the Public Sphere 4. Communications 5. Markets
Part Three: Revolution 6. The Rise of the Nation 7. The British Way 8. The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution Conclusion Bibliography Index