Image, History, and Politics: The Coinage of Modern Europe

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University Press of America, 1999 - Antiques & Collectibles - 208 pages
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Image, History, and Politics: The Coinage of Modern Europe examines money as a medium of communication laden with artistic and political meaning by studying the last two hundred years of European coinage. This book explores the political, economic, and aesthetic messages carried by coinage, therefore providing a special realm in which to view and constantly reevaluate major political and economic developments from the French Revolution through the Cold War, with occasional comparative references to earlier time periods. The study generally focuses on the pre-1914 'Great Powers' of Europe: France, Germany, Britain, Russia, the Hapsburg Monarchy, and Italy; along with a brief comparative examination of the coinage of Spain, Switzerland and Belgium. The author demonstrates how every political system, consciously or unconsciously, constructs a set of symbols as an expression of itself with its coinage, enabling historians and social scientists to synthesize political, economic, and artistic meaning in a historical context.
 

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Contents

France
1
12 French Revolution
3
13 Constitutional Monarchy
4
14 The Republic
5
15 Napoleonic Coinage
9
16 French Coinage and the Change of Regimes 18141870
12
17 French Republican Coinage 1870Present
15
Germany
23
Austria
79
Hungary
82
46 The Austrian Republic
85
Russia
89
52 Coinage of Imperial Russia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 18011917
90
53 Distinctive Monetary Systems Within the Russian Empire
96
54 Coinage of Soviet Russia 19171991
100
55 The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Former Soviet Republics
108

22 Iconography of German Coinage 18151870
25
23 Coinage System of the Second Reich 18711914
27
24 The German Coinage System In World War I
31
25 Weimar Republic
37
26 The Third Reich
43
27 Post World War II
46
28 The German Democratic Republic
51
Britain
53
32 The Royal Effigy
55
33 The Royal Titles
57
35 The Royal Monogram
60
37 Heraldry
62
38 Floral Emblems
63
39 St George
64
310 The Royal Maundy Coinage
66
311 British Commemorative Coinage
67
312 British Coinage Redesigned 19361937
68
The Decimal Era
69
314 Ireland
70
The Habsburg Empire and Austria
73
42 Centralization of the Habsburg Monetary Systems
74
43 The Impact of Nationalism
76
Italy
115
62 Napoleonic Italy
116
63 The Risorgimento
117
64 The Kingdom of Italy
121
65 Fascist Italy
122
66 The Republic
124
The Papal States and Vatican City
127
Spain Switzerland Belgium
133
71 Introduction
134
72 War and Revolution
135
73 Civil War Dictatorship and Restoration
137
74 Introduction
140
75 The Period of Cantonal Coinage
141
76 Swiss Federal Coinage
143
77 Introduction
147
78 The First Half Century of Belgian Coinage
148
79 The Politics of Language
149
Notes for Chapter 1 France
153
Bibliography
193
Index
197
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Paul D. van Wie is Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science at Hofstra University and is Commissioner of Landmarks and Historic Preservation, Town of Hempstead - Long Island, New York.

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