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

Paperback | December 10, 2003

byT. C. W. Blanning

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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 newkind 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 thatpublic 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 movedbeneath 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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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 newkind of space - the public sphere. The author...

T. C. W. Blanning is a Professor of Modern European History, University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:December 10, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199265615

ISBN - 13:9780199265619

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Introduction: The Culture of Power and the Power of CulturePart I. Representational Culture1. Louis XIV and Versailles2. The Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy3. The Status of the ArtistPart II. The Rise of the Public Sphere4. Communications5. MarketsPart 3. Revolution6. The Rise of the Nation7. The British Way8. The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution9. Conclusion: The Power of CultureSelect BibliographyIndex

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`Blanning's work rests on wide-ranging reading, and is theoretically acute . . . offers one of the best short accounts available of the coming of the Revolution . . . first-rate.'Jeremy Black, History