Cultures power europe 18th cen by Hamish Scott, Brendan Simms

By Hamish Scott, Brendan Simms

This quantity seeks to get at the back of the outside of political occasions and to spot the forces which formed politics and tradition from 1680 to 1840 in Germany, France and nice Britain. The members, all major experts within the box, discover significantly how 'culture', outlined within the widest feel, used to be exploited in the course of the 'long eighteenth century' to buttress authority in all its varieties and the way politics infused tradition. person essays discover issues starting from the army tradition of critical Europe throughout the political tradition of Germany, France and nice Britain, track, court docket intrigue and diplomatic perform, spiritual clash and political principles, the position of the Enlightenment, to the very new dispensations which prevailed in the course of and after the French Revolution and the Napoleonic watershed. The publication may be crucial analyzing for all students of eighteenth-century ecu background.

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The magnificent celebrations of the Prussian coronation anniversaries, for example, were observed by numerous foreign visitors, not to speak of the various relatives and envoys who could always be found at court during the season. The international resonance of such events within the European court system was further amplified by published official or semi-official accounts, in which scrupulous attention was paid to details of precedence, dress, ceremony and the splendour of the spectacle. The same applied to the elaborately ritualised observances associated with mourning.

There is more than enough material here to shake any overarching theory of change: class analysis, secularization or modernization in all its many guises. Habermas’s ‘public sphere’ is used by some authors, but ignored or implicitly criticized by others. Even Tim Blanning’s Culture of Power is sometimes called into question. This is, I think, an absolutely appropriate tribute to a scholar who has always celebrated the messy but fascinating specificity of historical experience. 2 When culture meets power: the Prussian coronation of 1701 Christopher Clark St Catherine’s College, Cambridge I On 18 January 1701, Frederick III, Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, was crowned ‘King in Prussia’ in the city of Konigsberg.

E. , Berlin, 1846–57), vol. I, pp. 1– 202, here pp. 122–3. ), Aus dem Briefwechsel K¨onig Friedrichs I. von Preussen und seiner Familie (Berlin, 1901), p. 287; for other examples of the king’s preoccupation with jewels and other outward signs of status, see pp. 35, 71. The Prussian coronation of 1701 27 the disarming ingenuousness of the nouveau riche that the jewels on the coat he was wearing had been valued at over one million talers. 40 But the emphasis on personal foibles is misplaced. Frederick I was not the only European ruler to seek elevation to kingly status at this time – the Grand Duke of Tuscany had acquired the right to be addressed as ‘Royal Highness’ in 1691; the same right was acquired during the following years by the Dukes of Savoy and Lorraine.

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