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Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction

Very Short Introductions

Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 25th Nov 2010
Dimensions: w 115mm h 173mm d 9mm
Weight: 122g
ISBN-10: 0199206783
ISBN-13: 9780199206780
Barcode No: 9780199206780
Synopsis
Aristocracies or nobilities dominated the social, economic, and institutional history of all European counties until only a few generations ago. The relics of their power, in traditions and behaviour, in architecture and the arts, are still all around us. This short introduction shows how ideas of aristocracy originated in ancient times, were transformed in the middle ages, and have only fallen apart over the last two centuries. The myths in which aristocracies have always sought to shroud themselves are stripped away, but the true sources of their enduring power are also revealed. Their outlook and behaviour affected the rest of society in innumerable and sometimes surprising ways, but perhaps most surprising was the way in which a centuries-old aristocratic hegemony crumbled away over the last two hundred years. In this Very Short Introduction William Doyle considers why this happend and what remains today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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excellent introduction to the subject, clearly structured and packed with telling examples * BBC History Magazine *