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Cultural exchange, the dynamic give and take between two or more cultures, has become a distinguishing feature of modern Europe. This was already an important feature to the elites of the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and it played a central role in their fashioning of self. The cultures these elites exchanged and often integrated with their own were both material and immaterial; they included palaces, city-dwellings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, dresses and jewellery, but also gestures, ways of sitting, standing and walking, and dances. In this innovative and well-illustrated 2007 volume all this lively exchange is traced from Bruges, Augsburg and Istanbul to Italy; from Italy to Paris, Amsterdam, Dresden, Novgorod and Moscow; and even from Brazil to Rouen. This volume, which reveals how a first European identity was forged, will appeal to cultural and art historians, as well as social and cultural anthropologists.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521845496
ISBN-10: 0521845491
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 466
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Herman Roodenburg

Bernd Roeck is Professor of Early Modern History at Zurich University. His publications in English include, as an editor with Ole Peter Grell and Andrew Cunningham, Health Care and Poor Relief in 18th and 19th Century Southern Europe (2005). Herman Roodenburg is Head of the Department of Ethnology at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, and Professor of Cultural History at the Catholic University of Leuven. His publications in English include, as a co-editor with Jan Bremmer, A Cultural History of Humour (1996), and The Eloquence of the Body: Studies on Gesture in the Dutch Republic (2004),