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The Zenith of European Monarchy and its Elites

The Politics of Culture, 1650-1750

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 320
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European History in Perspective

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15 March 2010

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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...

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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.

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Offers a fresh interpretation of the period and European monarchies
Focuses on the previously neglected key elite bonding strategy
Adopts an interdisciplinary approach, exploring the links between politics and culture

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Key Themes of Elite Culture
The Cultural Construction of Elite Identity
Basic Agendas: Political Culture, Religion and 'Science'
Media and Messages: The Arts
The End of an Age: The Mid-Eighteenth Century
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index.

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NICHOLAS HENSHALL was formerly Head of History at Stockport Grammar School and editor of History Review magazine. His previous publications include The Myth of Absolutism (1992).

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NICHOLAS HENSHALL was formerly Head of History at Stockport Grammar School and editor of History Review magazine. His previous publications include The Myth of Absolutism (1992).

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