Singuli re noblesse
La revendication aristocratique de distinction a-t-elle encore un sens aujourd’hui ? Fondée sur le principe d’une hérédité, prolongeant le souvenir d’un privilège et attachée à la permanence des usages, elle paraît en complet désaccord avec la culture dominante qui exalte la justice sociale et l’aspiration égalitaire. Depuis près de vingt-cinq ans, Éric Mension-Rigau, en historien, rassemble des sources, côtoie, observe, interroge les descendants des grandes familles aristocratiques afin de comprendre comment cette « caste », aujourd’hui sans statut officiel, tente de s’adapter aux évolutions sociales et politiques du monde qui l’entoure. Entre résistance et concession, les nobles français sont en charge d’un héritage qui dépasse leurs simples familles, dépositaires d’une histoire et d’une mémoire collective qu’ils se doivent d’entretenir. Entre l’essai sociologique et la recherche historique, Singulière noblesse invite à saisir une catégorie sociale dans sa spécificité, mais aussi dans le rapport que la société tout entière entretient à son égard, révélant, en creux, notre rapport au passé. Professeur d’histoire contemporaine à la Sorbonne, où il est titulaire de la chaire d’histoire sociale et culturelle, Éric Mension-Rigau consacre ses recherches aux élites depuis la Révolution française. Il a publié de nombreux ouvrages, parmi lesquels Aristocrates et Grands Bourgeois (Perrin, 2007), et plus récemment L’Ami du Prince (Fayard, 2011).
Boni de Castellane
Portrait du dandy légendaire, figure mondaine de la Belle Epoque. La vie et le portrait du dandy légendaire qui, jusqu'à sa mort, fascina ses contemporains et fut un phénomène médiatique exceptionnel : " prince de la mode " qui multiplia les conquêtes féminines, ami de Marcel Proust et de D'Annunzio, esthète qui mit son goût raffiné au service des collectionneurs américains, patriote partisan de l'Entente cordiale et de l'alliance franco-russe, acteur de l'ombre aux Conférences de la paix en 1919, père de famille attentif et chrétien exemplaire face à la maladie... Un tableau de la France de la Belle Époque à travers le destin d'un homme hors du commun, le dernier des grands seigneurs d'Ancien Régime, qui contribua à son éclat et à son rayonnement.
The Familiarity of Strangers
Taking a new approach to the study of cross-cultural trade, this book blends archival research with historical narrative and economic analysis to understand how the Sephardic Jews of Livorno, Tuscany, traded in regions near and far in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Francesca Trivellato tests assumptions about ethnic and religious trading diasporas and networks of exchange and trust. Her extensive research in international archives--including a vast cache of merchants' letters written between 1704 and 1746--reveals a more nuanced view of the business relations between Jews and non-Jews across the Mediterranean, Atlantic Europe, and the Indian Ocean than ever before. The book argues that cross-cultural trade was predicated on and generated familiarity among strangers, but could coexist easily with religious prejudice. It analyzes instances in which business cooperation among coreligionists and between strangers relied on language, customary norms, and social networks more than the progressive rise of state and legal institutions.
The Insurgent Barricade
"To the barricades!" The cry conjures images of angry citizens, turmoil in the streets, and skirmishes fought behind hastily improvised cover. This definitive history of the barricade charts the origins, development, and diffusion of a uniquely European revolutionary tradition. Mark Traugott traces the barricade from its beginnings in the sixteenth century, to its refinement in the insurrectionary struggles of the long nineteenth century, on through its emergence as an icon of an international culture of revolution. Exploring the most compelling moments of its history, Traugott finds that the barricade is more than a physical structure; it is part of a continuous insurrectionary lineage that features spontaneous collaboration even as it relies on recurrent patterns of self-conscious collective action. A case study in how techniques of protest originate and evolve, The Insurgent Barricade tells how the French perfected a repertoire of revolution over three centuries, and how students, exiles, and itinerant workers helped it spread across Europe.
Blood and Violence in Early Modern France
The rise of civilized conduct and behaviour has long been seen as one of the major factors in the transformation from medieval to modern society. Thinkers and historians alike argue that violence progressively declined as men learned to control their emotions. The feud is a phenomenon associated with backward societies, and in the West duelling codified behaviour and channelled aggression into ritualised combats that satisfied honour without the shedding of blood. French manners andcodes of civility laid the foundations of civilized Western values. But as this original work of archival research shows we continue to romanticize violence in the era of the swashbuckling swordsman. In France, thousands of men died in duels in which the rules of the game were regularly flouted.Many duels were in fact mini-battles and must be seen not as a replacement of the blood feud, but as a continuation of vengeance-taking in a much bloodier form. This book outlines the nature of feuding in France and its intensification in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, civil war and dynastic weakness, and considers the solutions proposed by thinkers from Montaigne to Hobbes. The creation of the largest standing army in Europe since the Romans was one such solution, but themilitarization of society, a model adopted throughout Europe, reveals the darker side of the civilizing process.
Blue Beard Illustrated
The classic fairy tale of Blue Beard illustrated by Walter Crane. Crane's work in children's books in cooperation with the publisher Edmund Evans earned him worldwide fame in the latter 19th century.
Books Without Borders in Enlightenment Europe
Though the field of book history has long been divided into discrete national histories, books have seldom been as respectful of national borders as the historians who study them—least of all in the age of Enlightenment when French books reached readers throughout Europe. In this erudite and engagingly written study, Jeffrey Freedman examines one of the most important axes of the transnational book trade in Enlightenment Europe: the circulation of French books between France and the German-speaking lands. Focusing on the critical role of book dealers as cultural intermediaries, he follows French books through each stage of their journey—from the French-language printing shops where they were produced, to the wholesale book fairs in Leipzig, to retail book shops at locations scattered widely throughout Germany. At some of those locations, authorities reacted with alarm to the spread of French books, burning works of the radical French Enlightenment and punishing the booksellers who sold them. But officials had little power to curtail their circulation: the political fragmentation of the German lands made it virtually impossible to police the book trade. Largely unimpeded by censorship, French books circulated more freely in Germany than in the absolutist monarchy of France. In comparison, the flow of German books into the French market was negligible—an asymmetry that corresponded to the hierarchy of languages in Enlightenment Europe. But publishers in Switzerland produced French translations of German books. By means of title changes, creative editing, and mendacious advertising, the Swiss publishers adapted works of the German Enlightenment for an audience of French-readers that stretched from Dublin to Moscow. An innovative contribution to both the history of the book and the transnational study of the Enlightenment, Freedman's work tells a story of crucial importance to understanding the circulation of texts in an age in which the concept of World Literature had not yet been invented, but the phenomenon already existed.
Society Must be Defended
Foucalt deals with the emergence in the early 17th century of a new understanding of society and its relation to war.
Histoire soci t s rurales
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This book is a study of the phenomenon of the duel in sixteenth and seventeenth century France - the period of the Valois and early Bourbon monarchies.