- Series: The Wiles Lectures
- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521535867
- ISBN-13: 978-0521535861
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,151,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe (The Wiles Lectures)
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"These essays, originally given as the Wiles Lectures at Queen's University in Belfast, share the characteristics of much of his best work, truly European-wide reading, sensitivity to cultural and sociological theory, and broad vision."
Sixteenth Century Journal
"(A)lthough others have investigated in greater detail the standardization of particular vernaculars in Europe, none deal with the issue comparatively and on a pan-European scale with anything like the range of Burke...In telling his story from the end of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution, Burke skillfully negotiates the dangers inherent in a linear narrative structure...(the book) draws attention to an emerging field of historical study and widespread patterns in relations between languages and communities in early modern Europe"
Matt Lauzon, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Journal of Modern History
In this magisterial study, Peter Burke explores major themes in the social and cultural history of the languages spoken or written in Europe between the invention of printing and the French Revolution. One major theme is the relation between languages and communities and the place of language as a way of identifying others, as well as a symbol of one's own identity. A second, linked theme is that of competition: between Latin and the vernaculars, between different vernaculars, dominant and subordinate, and finally between different varieties of the same vernacular.
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