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Public Buildings in Early Modern Europe

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Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe
DatePublished - 13 Sep 2016
Pages98
Number of pages114
PublisherRoutledge
EditorsCatherine Richardson, Tara Hamling, David Gaimster
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9781315613161
ISBN (Print)9781409462699

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NameRoutledge History Handbooks
PublisherRoutledge

Abstract

Public buildings preserve a unique record of the cultural transformations early modern Europe and the emergence of the 'public sphere'. This paper explores the historiography of medieval and early modern public buildings, with reference to Habermas' concept of the 'public sphere', seminal architectural texts such as Pevsner's History of Building Types and more recent work on English town halls (Tittler) and the European context (Ottenheym et. al). The case study of Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon's Guildhall is used as a particularly compelling illustration of the potential of these buildings fir further study.

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  • Public buildings, Early Modern

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