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Politeness and Refinement

Stephen Conway

in Britain, Ireland, and Continental Europe in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199210855
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210855.003.0005
Politeness and Refinement

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Continental influences on eighteenth-century elite and middle-rank British and Irish culture are undeniable. The first part of the chapter surveys the areas where the continental imprint is particularly evident, looking briefly at etiquette, language, literature, music, architecture, household decorations and domestic goods, clothing, food, and drink. Negative and positive reactions to continental influences are then discussed. The final section considers the role of the French Revolution in sharpening British and Irish views of a European civilization based on common ideas of politeness and refinement.

Keywords: politeness; refinement; elite and middling culture; continental influences

Chapter.  14382 words. 

Subjects: early modern history (1500 to 1700)

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