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The Court Society (Collected Works of Norbert Elias 2) [Hardcover]

The Court Society (Collected Works of Norbert Elias 2) [Hardcover]

By Norbert Elias, Edmund Jephcott (Translator) & Stephen Mennell (Editor)
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Pages   331
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2006
Publisher   University College Dublin Press
ISBN  1904558402  
ISBN13  9781904558408  

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More About Norbert Elias, Edmund Jephcott & Stephen Mennell

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Norbert Elias (1897-1990) taught at the University of Frankfurt until his exile from Hitler's Germany. In Britain, he worked at the Universities of London and Leicester, and in retirement was visiting professor in Ghana, Amsterdam, Munster, Bielefeld and many other universities. By the time of his death he was recognized as one of the outstanding social scientists of the twentieth century. His previous Blackwell books include: "The Norbert Elias Reader, The Court Society, The Loneliness of the Dying, Involvement and Detachment, Time: An Essay, The Society of Individuals" and, with Eric Dunning, "Quest for Excitement."

Norbert Elias was born in 1897 and died in 1990 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Late of Universities of Leicester, Ghana, Frankfurt and Bielefeld.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > History > Europe
2Books > Subjects > History > Europe > France > General
3Books > Subjects > History > World > General

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Things did not happen that way  May 14, 2003
Historian Norbert Elias' classic works Court Society and The Civilizing Process have presented a problematic view of the Early Modern court, and with it, a false view of Early Modern monarchy. In that sense, Elias' approach to the early modern European court contains many misunderstandings, especially those connected with the much-heralded rise of the middle class and its inseparable companion, modernization. However, a wave of recent studies shows that the nobles were dominant much longer than we suspected. Though small in absolute numbers, the nobility controlled most of the land and all of the politics on the Continent until well into the 19th century; facing similar problems, from one country and culture to the next nobles responded to them in very similar ways. For instance, one may read "Myths of Power. Norbert Elias and the Early Modern European Court " by Jeroen Duindam (both a critical analysis of Norbert Elias' historical works and an interpretation of court life in early modern Europe, where Duindam submits Elias' interpretation to the test); or "Monarchy, Aristocracy, and the State in Europe, 1300-1800" by Hillay Zmora (who shows that throughout the period examined, the fisco-militaries exigencies of the age brought monarchy and nobility into close interdependence: the exploitation of the population to the mutual profit of rulers and ruling classes underlay much of the co-operation between them). In general, these two works present a more accurate view of monarchy, nobility, the court and the state contrary to that provided by Elias.
In addition to the two works already mentioned, other books that I would recommend to read would be "Nobilities in Transition 1550-1700: Courtiers and Rebels in Britain and Europe" by Ronald G. Asch and "The Persistence of the Ancient Regime" by Arno J. Mayer (covering approximately the 1815-1914 period).

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