Popular Culture and the Public Sphere in the Rhineland, 1800-1850 - New Studies in European History (Paperback)
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Popular Culture and the Public Sphere in the Rhineland, 1800-1850 - New Studies in European History (Paperback)

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The age of revolution challenged the ancien regime's political world, introducing Europeans to fresh ideals of citizenship. German society was no less affected. Following the Napoleonic era, a political culture of partisan choice undermined the official restoration of absolutism. Bourgeois and popular classes took part in the political landscape of civil society, producing an impressive social base for participatory politics by the 1830s. Because of severe restrictions on speech and assembly, ordinary Germans formed political opinions in irregular ways. This book looks at the sites and forms of culture that facilitated political communication. With chapters devoted to reading, singing, public space, carnival, violence and religion, James Brophy argues that popular culture played a critical role in linking ordinary Rhinelanders to the public sphere. Moving beyond conventional explanations of opinion formation, he exposes the broad cultural infrastructure that enabled popular classes to join the political nation.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521123921
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


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Reviews of the hardback: 'Throughout the book, the author demonstrates the interconnectedness of bourgeois and plebeian worlds in the formation of opinion. How did common people come by political information, learn to grasp post-revolutionary ideas and ideologies, and become part of civil society? What was the process by which they became citizens in the classical political sense? An impressive array of archival and published material from the formerly French Rhineland has been marshalled ...' Journal of Central European History
'This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in expressions of public culture in the decades leading up to the 1848 revolution. ... It is a well presented book with illustrations and photographs and, most usefully for an international readership, all German quotations translated into English.' Song and Popular Culture
'... impressively combines social and political theory with empirical research, ably weaving and organizing the results of years of work in the archival trenches into a well-crafted monograph ... This is certainly an informative case study that should be read and studied by all scholars of modern Germany ...' Journal of Modern History
'The study, deeply embedded in the many appropriate strands of scholarship and painstaking archival research, is divided into six substantive and mesmerizing chapters. ...The author rounds out the book with absorbing chapters on the roles of singing, carnival, tumult, and religion. ...An eminently readable treat for most German and many European historians ...' The Historian
"...this is an extraordinarily well-researched and finely argued book." --Jeffrey K. Wilson, University of New Orleans: Canadian Journal of History
"...a wonderful book likely to be highly useful to anyone interested in modern social history generally, and particularly to those especially focused on the growth of civil society and popular mobilization in 19th-century Europe...Highly recommended." --CHOICE
"...impressively combines social and political theory with empirical research, ably weaving and organizing the results of years of work in the archival trenches into a well-crafted monograph... This is certainly an informative case study that should be read and studied by all scholars of modern Germany." -Journal of Modern History

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