The revolutions in the England, North America, and France ushered in the modern political age. Cultural Revolutions analyzes the place of material culture, ritual, and everyday life during these revolutions, providing a fresh and engaging interpretation of the strategies used to transform people from monarchists into republicans.The author shows how, faced with the challenge of persuading large populations to alter their previous convictions and loyalties, revolutionaries in all three countries turned to the power of aesthetics. From the banning of dancing in Cromwell's England, to the 'homespun' clothing of Revolutionary America, to France's new calendar and naming systems, Auslander assesses how daily habits and tastes were altered in the interests of political change.
Leora Auslander is Professor of European Social History at the University of Chicago and author of the critically acclaimed, Taste and Power.
Chapter 1. The First Cultural Revolutions Chapter 2. Ermin and Buckskins: Culture and Politics in Early Modern Courtly and Colonial Societies. Chapter 3. England's Unfinished Revolution: Challenges to Monarchical Culture. Chapter 4. The Politics of Silk and Homespun: Contesting National Identity in Revolutionary America. Chapter 5. Making French Republicans: Revolutionary: Transformations of the Everyday. Chapter 6. Legacies: Culture in the Modern Nation-State Bibliography