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The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture: Old Regime Europe 1660–1789

T. C. W. Blanning


This book is an account of Old Regime Europe that explores the cultural revolution that transformed 18th-century Europe. During this period the court culture exemplified by Louis XIV’s Versailles was pushed from the centre to the margins by the emergence of a new kind of space — the public sphere. The book shows how many of the world’s most important cultural institutions developed in this space: the periodical, the newspaper, the novel, the lending library, the coffee house, the voluntary association, the journalist, and the critic. It was here that public opinion staked its claim to be the u ... More

Keywords: Louis XIV, public sphere, newspaper, novels, lending library, critic, public opinion, Britain, Prussia, French monarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198227458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198227458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. C. W. Blanning, author
Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge.