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The European Nobility, 1400–1800

The European Nobility, 1400–1800

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Part of New Approaches to European History

  • Date Published: June 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 nonspecialists to the subject, it explains all the principal themes in an authoritative and accessible manner. Challenging the conventional point of view, Professor Dewald maintains that the nobles of Europe adapted effectively to the profound changes that marked society and culture at this time. He also argues that the nobility throughout Europe faced the same challenges and reacted to them in similar ways, despite their varying numbers and privileges.

    • 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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    "The European Nobility 1400-1800 fulfills the pedagogical imperative of this uniformly good Cambridge Series..." S. Amanda Eurich, The Sixteenth Century Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 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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