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The Zenith of European Monarchy and its Elites : The Politics of Culture, 1650-1750 - Nicholas Henshall

The Zenith of European Monarchy and its Elites

The Politics of Culture, 1650-1750

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By the mid-sevententh century several European monarchies were collapsing. Focusing on a key elite bonding strategy, this new survey shows how monarchs resolved to work with, rather than against, their elites. Nicholas Henshall's synthesis offers an argument for the coherence of the period - as the height of European monarchy and its elites.

'Henshall's book is distinguised by exceptionally broad geographical and cultural perspectives... [he] has written another tour de force.' - Philip Mansel, History Today

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Key Themes of Elite Culturep. 40
Truths Ancient and Modernp. 40
Internationalism and its Alternativesp. 45
Conclusionp. 54
The Formation of Elite Cultural Hegemonyp. 56
The Novelty of Elite Cultural Identity and Leadershipp. 58
The Creation of Elite Cultural Identity and Leadershipp. 61
Basic Agendas: 'Science', Political Culture and Religionp. 71
Introductionp. 71
Natural Philosophy or 'Science'p. 73
Political Culturep. 84
Religionp. 108
Conclusionp. 116
Media and Messages: the Artsp. 119
Introductionp. 119
Literaturep. 131
Architecturep. 144
Paintingp. 165
Musicp. 179
The End of an Age: the Mid-eighteenth Centuryp. 193
The Public Spherep. 193
The Enlightenmentp. 205
Conclusionp. 216
Notesp. 222
Bibliographyp. 268
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780333613917
ISBN-10: 0333613910
Series: European History in Perspective
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 16th March 2010
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1