Search results for: great-houses-modern-aristocrats

Modern Aristocrats

Author : James Reginato
File Size : 55.54 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 158
Read : 299
Download »
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

Author : Ellis Wasson
File Size : 78.76 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 850
Read : 285
Download »
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.

Aristocracy and the Modern Imagination

Author : Charles A. Riley
File Size : 57.30 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 946
Read : 795
Download »
Modernism generally signifies the efforts of late 19th century European painters, writers, musicians and philosophers who consciously broke with tradition. This is an examination of what that meant for those aristocrats who were also modernists.

Early Modern Spain

Author : James Casey
File Size : 71.67 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 421
Read : 1287
Download »
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.

The Aristocracy of Talent

Author : Adrian Wooldridge
File Size : 27.34 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 712
Read : 1258
Download »
'This unique and fascinating history explains why the blame now being piled upon meritocracy for many social ills is misplaced-and that assigning responsibilities to the people best able to discharge them really is better than the time-honoured customs of corruption, patronage, nepotism and hereditary castes. Wooldridge upends many common assumptions and provides an indispensable back story to this fraught and pressing issue.' Steven Pinker 'The Aristocracy of Talent provides an important and needed corrective to contemporary critiques of meritocracy. It puts meritocracy in an illuminating historical and cross-cultural perspective that shows how crucial the judgment of people by their talents rather than their bloodlines or connections has been to creating the modern world. Highly recommended' Francis Fukuyama Meritocracy: the idea that people should be advanced according to their talents rather than their status at birth. For much of history this was a revolutionary thought, but by the end of the twentieth century it had become the world's ruling ideology. How did this happen, and why is meritocracy now under attack from both right and left? Adrian Wooldridge traces the history of meritocracy forged by the politicians and officials who introduced the revolutionary principle of open competition, the psychologists who devised methods for measuring natural mental abilities and the educationalists who built ladders of educational opportunity. He looks outside western cultures and shows what transformative effects it has had everywhere it has been adopted, especially once women were brought into the meritocractic system. Wooldridge also shows how meritocracy has now become corrupted and argues that the recent stalling of social mobility is the result of failure to complete the meritocratic revolution. Rather than abandoning meritocracy, he says, we should call for its renewal.

Our Old Nobility

Author : Howard Evans
File Size : 47.94 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 112
Read : 990
Download »

Great Houses of London

Author : James Stourton
File Size : 55.38 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 188
Read : 1174
Download »
"This magnificent book, the fullest account ever written on its absorbing subject, will come as a revelation, even to those who think they know London, for many of the great town mansions featured in it, a good number of which are still in private occupation, are very little known and have never been illustrated before… a major contribution to British architectural and social history." - Professor David Watkin, Professor Emeritus, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge The great houses of London represent one of the marvels of English architecture and yet they are almost entirely unknown. They are for the most part disguised behind sober facades but their riches within are astonishing. From the romantic 17th century Ashburnham House, nestling in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, through the splendid 18th century aristocratic palaces of the West End, to the curious and quirky arts and crafts houses of Holland Park and Kensington, to the cool modernist houses of Hampstead and the exuberant post-modern interiors of the last thirty years, every house has its own story to tell.

Hugh Trevor Roper

Author : Blair Worden
File Size : 82.9 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 104
Read : 564
Download »
Hugh Trevor-Roper was one of the most gifted historians of the twentieth century. His scholarly interests ranged widely - from the Puritan Revolution to the Scottish Enlightenment. Yet he was also fascinated by the events of his own lifetime and wrote widely on issues of espionage and intelligence, as well as maintaining a fascination with the workings - and personalities - of Nazi Germany. In this volume, a variety of contributors - many of whom knew Trevor-Roper personally - engage with his scholarship and analyse his greatest achievements as an historian. Covering the full range of Trevor-Roper's interests, this volume will be essential for anyone who wishes to better understand this great historian and his work.

Crown and Nobility in Early Modern France

Author : Donna Bohanan
File Size : 86.19 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 416
Read : 632
Download »
This book analyses the evolving relationship between the French monarchy and the French nobility in the early modern period. New interpretations of the absolutist state in France have challenged the orthodox vision of the interaction between the crown and elite society. By focusing on the struggle of central government to control the periphery, Bohanan links the literature on collaboration, patronage and taxation with research on the social origins and structure of provincial nobilities. Three provinical examples, Provence, Dauphine and Brittany, illustrate the ways in which elites organised and mobilised by vertical ties (ties of dependency based on patronage) were co-opted or subverted by the crown. The monarchy's success in raising more money from these pays d'etats depended on its ability to juggle a set of different strategies, each conceived according to the particularity of the social, political and institutional context of the province. Bohanan shows that the strategies and expedients employed by the crown varied from province to province; conceived on an individual basis, they bear the signs of ad hoc responses rather than a gradnoise plan to centralise.

Modern Aristocracy

Author :
File Size : 86.54 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 404
Read : 247
Download »

Aristocracy A Very Short Introduction

Author : William Doyle
File Size : 73.86 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 104
Read : 735
Download »
This engaging 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 Westminster Review

Author :
File Size : 47.92 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 111
Read : 580
Download »

The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy

Author : David Cannadine
File Size : 60.99 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 286
Read : 1023
Download »
Updated with a new preface, a multifaceted historical chronicle explains how the British notables and nobles lost their wealth, power, and prestige, and describes the breakup of the great landed estates and the erosion of the system of titles and honors. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Balzac Mirror of Emerging Modern Capitalism

Author : Girish Mishra
File Size : 68.95 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 608
Read : 995
Download »
Critical study of the works of Honore de Balzac, 1799-1850, with reference to French economics, society, and politics.

Outlines of Mediaeval and Modern History

Author : Philip Van Ness Myers
File Size : 79.99 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 768
Read : 279
Download »

Outlines of Medi val and Modern History a Textbook for High Schools Seminaries and Colleges

Author : Philip Van Ness Myers
File Size : 35.13 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 616
Read : 324
Download »

Cyclop dia of Political Science Political Economy and of the Political History of the United States

Author : John Joseph Lalor
File Size : 23.67 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 412
Read : 808
Download »

The Experience of Domestic Service for Women in Early Modern London

Author : Paula Humfrey
File Size : 54.22 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 148
Read : 1166
Download »
The late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century texts presented here describe female servants' experiences of work in early modern London. Domestics' court depositions offer qualitative evidence that female servants were an important support of emergent capitalism in the early modern metropolis. Exposed here are the contractual underpinnings of domestic service for women; the mobility that domestic servants enjoyed; and the concern that this mobility generated in the authorities. Paid domestic work has traditionally been regarded by historians simply as a pre-marital phase of women's lives. In fact, the depositions in this volume show that service was a prototypical form of female wage labour. While some women left service once they married, others relied on domestic positions as an avenue to generating income as life-long single women, as married women, and as widows. Even though they usually lived in poverty, labouring women who worked as servants in London had considerably more agency than has earlier been recognized. Female servants who deposed before London ecclesiastical and parish courts three centuries ago were mostly non-literate. Strikingly, their individual voices are clear and distinct as they present information about their working and personal circumstances.

The Chemical News and Journal of Industrial Science

Author :
File Size : 58.25 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 935
Read : 550
Download »

The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland

Author : Eugenio F. Biagini
File Size : 82.71 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 526
Read : 1277
Download »
This is the first textbook on the history of modern Ireland to adopt a social history perspective. Written by an international team of leading scholars, it draws on a wide range of disciplinary approaches and consistently sets Irish developments in a wider European and global context.