Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - History - 456 pages
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The concept of cultural history has in the last few decades come to the fore of historical research into early modern Europe. Due in no small part to the pioneering work of Peter Burke, the tools of the cultural historian are now routinely brought to bear on every aspect of history, and have transformed our understanding of the past. First published in 1978 and now in its third edition, this study examines the broad sweep of pre-industrial Europe's popular culture. This new edition features a new introduction reflecting the growth of cultural history and an extensive supplementary bibliography which further adds to the information about new research in the area.
  

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Contents

The Discovery of the People
23
Unity and Variety in Popular Culture
49
An Elusive Quarry
103
The Transmission of Popular Culture
133
Traditional Forms
163
Heroes Villains and Fools
201
The World of Carnival
255
The Reform of Popular Culture
289
Popular Culture and Social Change
335
Select Studies
387
Index
439
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Peter Burke has published 25 books (as well as about 200 articles or chapters in collections). The books include Culture and Society in Renaissance Italy (1972); Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978); History and Social Theory (1992); The Fabrication of Louis XIV (1992); The Art of Conversation (1993); Varieties of Cultural History (1997); and The European Renaissance (1998).

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