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Title The Europeans : three lives and the making of a cosmopolitan culture / Orlando Figes.
Author Figes, Orlando, author.
Publication New York, New York : Metropolitan Books, 2019.
Copyright date ©2019
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xix, 562 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Call # 940.28 F
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 485-530) and index.
Contents Europe in 1843 -- A Revolution on the Stage -- The Arts in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction -- Europeans on the Move -- Europe at Play -- The Land without Music -- Culture Without Borders -- Death and the Canon.
Summary "The nineteenth century in Europe was the first age of cultural globalization--an epoch when mass communications and high-speed rail travel brought Europe together, overcoming national barriers and creating a truly pan-European canon of artistic, musical, and literary works. By 1900, people across the continent were reading the same books, looking at the same art, and attending the same opera performances. Acclaimed historian Orlando Figes moves from Parisian salons to German spa towns to Russian country houses, exploring the interplay of money and art that made this unification possible. At the book's center is an intimate love triangle: the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev; the Spanish prima donna Pauline Viardot; and her husband Louis Viardot, a connoisseur and political activist. Their passionate, ambitious lives caught up an astonishing array of artists and princes, poets, composers, and impresarios--Delacroix, Chopin, the Schumanns, Hugo, Flaubert, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky, among them. As Figes observes, nearly all of civilization's great advances have come when people, ideas, and artistic creations circulate freely between nations. Surprising, beautifully written, spanning a continent and a century, The Europeans offers the first international history of European culture--and a compelling argument for the benefits of cosmopolitanism"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Europe -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Culture and globalization -- Europe -- History -- 19th century.
Arts and globalization -- Europe -- History -- 19th century.
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich, 1818-1883 -- Friends and associates.
Viardot-García, Pauline, 1821-1910 -- Friends and associates.
Viardot, Louis, 1800-1883 -- Friends and associates.
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich, 1818-1883. (OCoLC)fst00047302
Viardot-García, Pauline, 1821-1910. (OCoLC)fst00006349
Viardot, Louis, 1800-1883. (OCoLC)fst00019464
Arts and globalization. (OCoLC)fst00817850
Culture and globalization. (OCoLC)fst01736229
Friendship. (OCoLC)fst00935174
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Related To Online version: Figes, Orlando. The Europeans. First edition. New York : Metropolitan Books, 2019 9781627792158 (DLC) 2019035030
ISBN 9781627792141

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