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Open Access Versailles, Vienna And Beyond: Changing Views Of Household And Government In Early Modern Europe

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Versailles, Vienna And Beyond: Changing Views Of Household And Government In Early Modern Europe

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A new balance between centre and periphery, between ruler and elites, was formed in early modern states. The court, comprising household as well as government, was the central theatre of that reorientation. Tracing the outlines of this process, as well as the layout of the institutional environment in which it took place, has served as the main agenda of a new generation of court historians. Their archival research has provided a wealth of new details, substantially revising the clichés connected to the image of Versailles. The revisionist views undermined the strength and cohesion of the older model, but did not lead to a clear alternative mode of analysis. Some general structures have nevertheless become clear. This chapter outlines these, which forms a general reappraisal of the early modern European court. It then focuses on question of 'domestication' and the balance between household and government.

Keywords: Europe; Versailles; Vienna

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