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Aristocracy : A Very Short Introduction - William Doyle


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 25th November 2010
ISBN: 9780199206780
Number Of Pages: 144

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Aristocracies or nobilities dominated the social, economic, and institutional history of all European counties until only a few generations ago. The relics of their power, in traditions and behavior, in architecture and the arts, are still all around us. This engaging Very Short Introduction shows how ideas of aristocracy originated in ancient times, were transformed in the middle ages, and have only fallen apart over the last two centuries, following the outbreak of the American and French Revolutions. William Doyle, an authority on eighteen-century European history, here strips away the myths in which aristocracies have always sought to shroud themselves, but he also astutely delineates the true sources of their enduring power. Their outlook and behavior affected the rest of society in innumerable and sometimes surprising ways, but perhaps most surprising was the way in which the centuries-old aristocratic hegemony crumbled away. In this Very Short Introduction William Doyle considers why this happened and what is left today.

"excellent introduction to the subject, clearly structured and packed with telling examples" - BBC History Magazine

1: Meanings and entitlements2: Myths and beliefs3: Living nobly4: Impacts and legacies5: Aristocracy eclipsedReferencesFurther Reading

ISBN: 9780199206780
ISBN-10: 0199206783
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 11.5  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.12