From Saint-Malo to Paris

in The Man Who Flattened the Earth

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780226793603
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226793627 | DOI:
From Saint-Malo to Paris

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The interests, values, and idiosyncrasies nurtured in the maritime and commercial setting of Saint-Malo stood in good stead in the lively and sociable urban culture of the French capital. The exploits of Moreau's privateering days opened up new social vistas, centered in Paris. Historians have drawn attention to the importance of the public places as centers of discussion and dissemination of political news and other controversial questions. The esoteric knowledge of specialists and the political power of the crown reinforced each other. The patronage relationship that bound crown to Academy was the key to this reinforcement. The founding of royal academies signaled a shift in cultural policy under Colbert's administration, replacing the personal patronage ties of prince or noble and client with patronage mediated by institutions and controlled by ministers of the government.

Keywords: Paris; Saint-Malo; political power; cultural policy; government

Chapter.  8655 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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