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The European Nobility, 1400–1800

The European Nobility, 1400–1800



Part of New Approaches to European History

  • Date Published: May 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521425285

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  • This book is the first comprehensive history of the European nobility between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. Designed to introduce students and non-specialists to the subject, it explains all the principal themes and problems in an authoritative and accessible manner. Professor Dewald surveys the changing numbers, self-perceptions, wealth, and political power of the European nobles, and explores their changing modes of life. Arguing against the conventional point of view, he maintains that the nobles of Europe adapted effectively to the profound changes that marked society and culture at this time. He also argues for the importance of Europe-wide patterns in the evolution of this dominant group; although different countries had different numbers of nobles and accorded them varying privileges, nobles everywhere faced essentially similar problems and responded to them in essentially similar ways.

    • A genuinely European approach (rather than a national approach)
    • A combination of cultural and social history
    • A 'new approach' to the subject which argues that, contrary to many historians' accounts, the nobles effectively adapted to the profound changes that marked European society and culture at this time
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    '… a challenging new synthesis to explain the experience of the nobility of western Europe in the early modern era …'. English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521425285
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the European nobilities as an historical problem
    1. Nature and numbers
    2. Wealth, privilege and the encounter with change
    3. Nobles and politics
    4. Lives and cultures
    Conclusion: toward a new society: the French Revolution and beyond
    Suggestions for further reading.

  • Author

    Jonathan Dewald, State University of New York, Buffalo

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