Modern Aristocrats

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Modern Aristocrats

Modern Aristocrats

Ancestral Houses and Their Stories

  • Author: James Reginato
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780847848980
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 256
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This stunning book presents the intriguing stories and celebrated histories of some of the leading families of Great Britain and Ireland and the opulent residences that have defined their heritages. The history of England is inextricably linked with the stories of its leading aristocratic dynasties and the great seats they have occupied for centuries. As the current owners speak of the critical roles their ancestors have played in the nation, they bring history alive. All of these houses have survived great wars, economic upheavals, and, at times, scandal. Filled with stunning photography, this book is a remarkably intimate and lively look inside some of Britain’s stateliest houses, with the modern-day aristocrats who live in them and keep them going in high style.This book presents a tour of some of England’s finest residences, with many of the interiors shown here for the first time. It includes Blenheim Palace—seven acres under one roof, eclipsing the splendor of any of the British royal family’s residences—property of the Dukes of Marlborough; the exquisite Old Vicarage in Derbyshire, last residence of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (née Deborah Mitford); Haddon Hall, a vast crenellated 900-year-old manor house belonging to the Dukes of Rutland that has been called the most romantic house in England; and the island paradises on Mustique and St. Lucia of the 3rd Baron Glenconner. This book is perfect for history buffs and lovers of traditional interior design and English country life."

Aristocracy and the Modern World

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Aristocracy and the Modern World

Aristocracy and the Modern World

  • Author: Ellis Wasson
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137040297
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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Ellis Wasson offers one of the first comprehensive studies of the European ruling class during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Distilling a wealth of recent research, Wasson analyses the role of aristocracy in modern times, focusing on the tensions that exist between egalitarian values and the way elites shape society. Wasson explodes myths and jettisons stereotypes in sweeping coverage that takes the story from the Congress of Vienna to Stalingrad. The study recounts the change from the genteel world of court balls to Café Society and finally on to Eurotrash. It also contrasts the paradox of continued aristocratic social power and cultural leadership with the gradual decline in their political authority. Aristocracy and the Modern World covers key topics, such as: - the fabulous wealth of the great magnates - the relationship between servants and masters - interaction with the middle classes - concepts of honour - culture, recreation and gender - local authority and national power. Lively and authoritative, the book reviews developments in Scandinavia, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, France, Italy and Spain as well as in Britain, Germany and Russia. It is essential reading for all those with an interest in modern European history.

Aspects of Aristocracy

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Aspects of Aristocracy

Aspects of Aristocracy

Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain

  • Author: David Cannadine,Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Historical Research David Cannadine
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300059816
  • Category: History
  • Page: 321
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He reconstructs the extraordinary financial history of the dukes of Devonshire, narrates the story of the Cozens-Hardys, a Norfolk family who played a remarkably varied part in the life of their county, and offers a controversial reappraisal of the forebears, lives, work, and personalities of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West - a portrait, notes Cannadine, of more than a marriage.

Early Modern Spain

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Early Modern Spain

Early Modern Spain

A Social History

  • Author: James Casey
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113462381X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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Early Modern Spain: A social History explores the solidarities which held the Spanish nation together at this time of conflict and change. The book studies the pattern of fellowship and patronage at the local level which contributed to the notable absence of popular revolts characteristic of other European countries at this time. It also analyses the Counter-Reformation, which transformed religious attitudes, and which had a huge impact on family life, social control and popular culture. Focusing on the main themes of the development of capitalism, the growth of the state and religious upheaval, this comprehensive social history sheds light on changes throughout Europe in the critical early modern period.

Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction

Aristocracy: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: William Doyle
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191500631
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 144
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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.

The Twentieth Century Great House

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The Twentieth Century Great House

The Twentieth Century Great House

  • Author: Malcolm Airs,University of Oxford. Department for Continuing Education
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture, Domestic
  • Page: 200
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The Aristocracy and the Great War

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The Aristocracy and the Great War

The Aristocracy and the Great War

  • Author: Gerald Gliddon
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Page: 545
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The Social World of Early Modern Westminster

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The Social World of Early Modern Westminster

The Social World of Early Modern Westminster

Abbey, Court and Community, 1525-1640

  • Author: J. F. Merritt,Bill Merritt
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN: 9780719048968
  • Category: History
  • Page: 378
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Early modern Westminster is familiar as the location of the Royal Court at Whitehall, parliament, the law courts and the emerging West End, yet it has never been studied in its own right. This book is the first study to provide an integrated picture of the town during this crucial period in its history. It reveals the often problematic relations between the diverse groups of people who constituted local society - the Court, the aristocracy, the Abbey, the middling sort and the poor - and the competing visions of Westminster's identity which their presence engendered. Different chapters study the impact of the Reformation and of the building of Whitehall Palace; the problem of poverty and the politics of communal responsibility; the character and significance of the increasing gentry presence in the town; the nature and ideology of local governing elites; the struggles over the emerging townscape; and the changing religious culture of the area, including the problematic role of the post-Reformation Abbey. A comprehensive study of one of the most populous and influential towns in early modern England, this book covers the entire period from the Reformation to the Civil War. It will make fascinating reading for historians of English society, literature and religion in this period, as well as enthusiasts of London's rich history.

The Great Houses and Finest Rooms of England

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The Great Houses and Finest Rooms of England

The Great Houses and Finest Rooms of England

Conversations in Stately Homes Between Their Owners and Robert Harling

  • Author: Robert Harling
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 208
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The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain

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The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain

The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain

  • Author: Roderick Floud,Paul Johnson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521527361
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 552
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This is a readable and comprehensive account of British economic history from 1700 to 1860.