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Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe

by Peter Burke

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The concept of cultural history has in the last few decades come to the fore of historical research into early modern Europe. Due in no small part to the pioneering work of Peter Burke, the tools of the cultural historian are now routinely brought to bear on every aspect of history, and have transformed our understanding of the past. First published in 1978, this study examines the broad sweep of pre-industrial Europe's popular culture. From the world of the professional entertainer to the songs, stories, rituals and plays of ordinary people, it shows how the attitudes and values of the otherwise inarticulate shaped - and were shaped by - the shifting social, religious and political conditions of European society between 1500 and 1800. This third edition of Peter Burke's groundbreaking study has been published to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the book's publication in 1978. It provides a new introduction reflecting the growth of cultural history, and its increasing influence on 'mainstream' history, as well as an extensive supplementary bibliography which further adds to the information about new research in the area.… (more)
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Dicen los editores que, después de la literatura, lo que más vende es la historia. Eso está muy bien, aunque tiene el inconveniente de que mucha gente se mete a escribir sobre historia sin saber, o sabiendo a medias, que es peor. De manera que, cuando uno se topa con un profesional de verdad, que sabe de lo que habla y es honesto con el lector, sencillamente disfruta como un niño. Y eso es este libro: un historiador de una pieza que ha dedicado muchos años pacientes a investigar sobre el tema, y que sabe por ello sintetizarlo de forma rigurosa y amena, aunque sea un tópico. No oculta que el origen del libro son artículos y ponencias sueltas, pero si no lo dijera yo no hubiera sido capaz de notarlo; tampoco disimula que no se trata de una investigación de primera mano (eso es para especialistas), sino un resumen, llevado con soltura y fluidez.

Además, tiene el sentido común de no centrarse en la época de que trata, sino también en cómo ha llegado a nosotros, desde las fuentes a la historia de su historiografía. Así comprendemos que lo que sabemos del tema no tiene que ver tanto con lo que realmente pasaba sino con la interpretación que en cada momento le han ido dando los historiadores. Creo que era Benedetto Croce el que dijo que toda historia es historia contemporánea. Pues Burke no lo olvida, y el lector lo agradece. Un señor libro. ( )
  caflores | Jan 12, 2018 |
Volkscultuur: negatieve definitie wat niet tot elitaire cultuur behoort, lage sociale klassen (ambachtslieden en boeren); geput uit folklore, literatuurstudie en antropologie. Burke beoogt een proeve van synthese te geven. Zeer interessant. ( )
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It was in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when traditional popular culture was just beginning to disappear, that the 'people' or 'folk' became a subject of interest to European intellectuals.
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The concept of cultural history has in the last few decades come to the fore of historical research into early modern Europe. Due in no small part to the pioneering work of Peter Burke, the tools of the cultural historian are now routinely brought to bear on every aspect of history, and have transformed our understanding of the past. First published in 1978, this study examines the broad sweep of pre-industrial Europe's popular culture. From the world of the professional entertainer to the songs, stories, rituals and plays of ordinary people, it shows how the attitudes and values of the otherwise inarticulate shaped - and were shaped by - the shifting social, religious and political conditions of European society between 1500 and 1800. This third edition of Peter Burke's groundbreaking study has been published to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the book's publication in 1978. It provides a new introduction reflecting the growth of cultural history, and its increasing influence on 'mainstream' history, as well as an extensive supplementary bibliography which further adds to the information about new research in the area.

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