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Power in history : from medieval Ireland to the post-modern world /
editors, Anthony McElligott ... [et al.].
imprint
Dublin, IE ; Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press, 2011.
description
xxi, 314 p. : port., facsims. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0716531089 (hbk.), 9780716531081 (hbk.)
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imprint
Dublin, IE ; Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press, 2011.
isbn
0716531089 (hbk.)
9780716531081 (hbk.)
catalogue key
7784243
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This is a wide-ranging examination of the theme and meaning of power covering Ireland, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australia in a broad sweep of time frames. The collection brings out the different meanings and nuances of power over time and in its different constructions of it and its legitimacy.
Library of Congress Summary
"This book assembles some of the most exciting scholars working in the field of history to explore the theme of 'power' in history - examining the complexities, controversies, and contradictions of power and its contested environments in relation to warfare, the state, race, religion, gender, class, linguistic and cultural hegemony, symbols and rituals, and visual arts and architecture. It ranges from the medieval period to contemporary times, principally in Ireland and wider Europe, but also extending to North America, Africa, and Oceania. The 15 contributions do not accept power as a historical given. Each author addresses the specific context, giving rise to different constructions of it and its legitimacy, whether based on violence, political writings and rationalism, religious belief, popular acclamation, or visual perception. The collection brings out the different meanings and nuances of power over time and in different geographical spaces. As the editors argue in their conclusion where they look at the meaning of power in the post-modern age, the findings of this book have a reach beyond the academic and should resonate with all those interested in the exercise of power in the modern world."--Publisher's description.
Main Description
This book assembles some of the most exciting scholars working in the field of history to explore the theme of power in history, examining the complexities, controversies, and contradictions of power and its contested environments in relation to warfare, the state, race, religion, gender, class, linguistic and cultural hegemony, symbols and rituals, and visual arts and architecture. It ranges from the medieval period to contemporary times, principally in Ireland and wider Europe, but also extending to North America, Africa and Oceania. The fifteen contributions do not accept 'power' as a historical given. Each author addresses the specific context giving rise to different constructions of it and its legitimacy, whether based on violence, political writings and rationalism, religious belief, popular acclamation or visual perception. The collection brings out the different meanings and nuances of power over time and in its different geographical spaces. As the editors argue in their conclusion where they look at the meaning of power in the post-modern age, the findings of this book have a reach beyond the academy and should resonate with all those interested in the exercise of power in the modern world.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Editors' Introductionp. xv
Power in the Texts
The Limits of Power in Medieval Europep. 3
From the Rituals of Politics to the 'Ideal City': Leonardo da Vinci's Visual Expressions of Powerp. 25
Power after Machiavelli: Richard Bellings, Reason of State and Jansenism in Seventeenth-Century Irelandp. 45
The Gookin-Lawrence Pamphlet Debate and Transplantation in Cromwellian Irelandp. 63
Institutionalizing Power
The Paper Monument: University Histories and the Fashioning of Institutional Prestige in Early Modern Germanyp. 83
Serving the King at Home and Abroad: The Tangier Garrison under Charles II, 1662-1684p. 109
'A British Empire Court': A Brief Appraisal of the History of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Councilp. 125
Gendered Power
Lifting the Tapestry: The Designs of Yolande of Aragon (1381-1442)p. 145
Perfecting the Degraded Body: Slavery, Irish-Immigration, and American Gynaecologyp. 167
Family and Power: Incest in Ireland, 1880-1950p. 185
Power is Personal
Ministériat, Ministers and Monarchy in Seventeenth-Century Francep. 209
The Iconography of Power: Stalin and his Imagesp. 231
The Moral Bases of Power in South African Political Leadership: The Accession of Jacob Zumap. 259
Power of Myths and Rituals
The Alterity of Power and Vice Versa, with Reflections on Stranger-Kings and the Real-Politics of the Marvellousp. 283
Indexp. 309
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