Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - History - 456 pages
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This study examines the broad sweep of Europe's pre-industrial popular culture. From the world of the professional entertainer to the songs, stories and plays of ordinary people, it shows how the attitudes and values shaped the shifting social, religious and political conditions of European society between 1500 and 1800.
 

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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 is a Professor at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK.

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