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Civic culture and everyday life in early modern Germany /
by Bernd Roeck.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006.
description
xii, 286 p. : ill.
ISBN
9004152695, 9789004152694
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author
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006.
isbn
9004152695
9789004152694
general note
Expanded with new material for this translation.
catalogue key
6015573
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-273) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-09-01:
Roeck (Univ. of Zurich), prolific scholar of early modern urban life in Germany and Italy, reviews German urban life in 13 chapters that consider geography, daily life, family structure, life cycle, and entertainments from the late Middle Ages through the Baroque and early Enlightenment. The book appeared first in a German series that introduces university students to the state of knowledge on a subject. Thus, the material and style are appropriate for advanced US undergraduates, though the translation is occasionally clunky. Roeck's well-executed, laudable classical approach to burgher life unfortunately omits some current scholarly focuses in the field (poverty, poor relief, health, politics) covered in other series titles. Academic libraries will want this book for chapter 13's exploration of art as lieu de memoire. As a classroom resource, the book acceptably succeeds Christopher Friedrichs's (out of print) The Early Modern City, 1450-1750 (1995), supplementing Friedrichs's approach by including translations of 20 primary (mostly normative) sources. Though the selected bibliography should have been revised to include more titles in English for the target audience, undergraduate libraries sensitive to Brill's prices should nevertheless be strongly urged to purchase this title. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. S. R. Boettcher University of Texas at Austin
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"a compendium of solid general knowledge about bourgeois life and culture in early modern central Europe [...] a valuable basic reference book". Michaela Hohkamp, Freie Universität Berlin. In: Journal of Modern History, Vol. 82, No. 1, pp. 223-225 (March 2010)
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Summaries
Main Description
The book offers a concise introduction to the history of art, culture and everyday life of cities in the German cultural area between renaissance and revolution. References from sources and illustrations define the text; they are together useful resources for classes at schools and universities.
Long Description
This book offers an overview of bourgeois culture and aspects of everyday life in the German cultural area from the Renaissance to the end of the 18th century. At the same time the reader is introduced to fundamental research problems.The spectrum of topics ranges from life styles to clothing and eating habits, from consciousness of time to rites de passage, birth, marriage and death. Special attention is paid to the role of female and male citizens in music, literature and fine arts. This is a concise introduction for history and art history students, scholars and everyone interested in the pre-history of the modern world. References from important sources define the text; together they are useful resources for teaching.
Unpaid Annotation
The book offers an overview of the Bourgeoisie culture and the aspects of everyday life of the German cultural area from the renaissance until the end of the 18th century. At the same time the reader is introduced to fundamental research problems. The spectrum of topics reaches from life styles to clothing and eating habits, from consciousness of time to the "rites de passage", birth, marriage and death. Special attention is paid to the role of female and male citizens in music, literature and fine arts. This is a concise introduction for history and art history students, scholars and everyone interested in the prehistory of the modern world. References from important sources define the text; together they are useful resources for teaching at schools and universities. Readership: Everyone interested in the Bourgeoisie lifestyle and cultural history or the art history of central-European cities.
Description for Reader
Everyone interested in bourgeois lifestyle and cultural history or the art history of central European cities.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The character of the early modern city in the Holy Roman Empirep. 15
The burghers' lifestylep. 32
Aspects of the daily lifep. 56
The Burgher familyp. 81
Historical microcosms : the life of the individualp. 89
Beyond daily life : amusements, music and dance, entertainment and theaterp. 104
Burgertum and the artsp. 118
Burgertum and humanismp. 138
Burgher culture in the Baroque and Enlightenment : phases and institutionsp. 147
The cultural function of the German city in the 17th and 18th centuriesp. 159
The way to Arcadiap. 166
The invention of the cultural history of the German bourgeoisie : artworks as sources and Lieux de memoirep. 170
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