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

Author(s): Nicholas Henshall


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

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).

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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  • : 9780333613917
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : February 2010
  • : books

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  • : 320
  • : Nicholas Henshall
  • : Paperback