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In Louis XIV's France, land took on new importance in politics and court life. A sequestered aristocracy promenaded in formal gardens while the military moved across the landscape, marking state boundaries with fortresses and refiguring the interior with canals and forests. Chandra Mukerji highlights the connections between the seemingly disparate activities of engineering and garden design, showing how the gardens at Versailles showcased French skills in using nature and art to design a distinctively French landscape and create a naturalized political territoriality.

Synopsis:

Chandra Mukerji challenges the association of state power with socials structures alone in a fascinating cultural analysis of how Louis XIV used Versailles to equate lawlike land control with the order of nature, showcasing distinctively French skills and design in a formal paralleling of military feats of engineering.

Synopsis:

Cultural/historical sociologist links design and engineering at Versailles to displays of state power.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-382) and index.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Glossary of French terms; 1. The culture of land and the territorial state; 2. Military ambitions and territorial gardens; 3. Material innovation and cultural identity; 4. Techniques of material mobilization; 5. Social choreography and the politics of place; 6. Naturalizing power in the new state; 7. A history of material power; Notes; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521599597
Author:
Mukerji, Chandra
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Editor:
Seidman, Steven
Editor:
Alexander, Jeffrey C.
Author:
Alexander, Jeffrey C.
Author:
Seidman, Steven
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
France
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Military engineering
Subject:
France Politics and government 17th century.
Subject:
France Court and courtiers History 17th century.
Subject:
France Boundaries.
Subject:
Gardens -- Symbolic aspects -- France -- History -- 17th century.
Subject:
Parc de Versailles (Versailles, France) Pictorial works.
Subject:
Military engineering -- France -- History -- 17th century.
Subject:
Parc de Versailles
Subject:
History
Subject:
France Court and courtiers History.
Subject:
France Politics and government.
Subject:
World History-France
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge cultural social studies
Series Volume:
[67-151]
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 half-tones
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
6.69x9.60x.85 in. 1.47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Chandra Mukerji challenges the association of state power with socials structures alone in a fascinating cultural analysis of how Louis XIV used Versailles to equate lawlike land control with the order of nature, showcasing distinctively French skills and design in a formal paralleling of military feats of engineering.
"Synopsis" by , Cultural/historical sociologist links design and engineering at Versailles to displays of state power.
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