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Author Soroka, Marina, author
Title The summer capitals of Europe, 1814-1919 / Marina Soroka
Imprint Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  RA846 S714 2017    AVAILABLE    30530001324482
Descript viii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Series Routledge studies in modern European history ; 41
Routledge studies in modern European history ; 41
Note "This book is about the great European health spas of the nineteenth century: what they were, how they operated, what life was like there and how their functions evolved to the point where their original medicinal purpose was relegated to a secondary place by the unintended uses of spas as stages of social and political interactions. These popular resorts were nicknamed 'the summer capitals of Europe' because of the tendency of nations' governing classes to gather there. Every summer between 1814 and 1914 (and in a few cases during World War I) continental watering places became a microcosm of cosmopolitan aristocratic Europe, incorporating its conventions, tastes, concerns and interests. As the nineteenth century advanced, fashionable watering stations increasingly became associated with social bonding, matchmaking, pleasure, career building, conspicuous consumption and diplomatic activity that took place during the high season"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-334) and index
Part I. Spa Life -- 1. Shrines-Springs-Spas -- 2. Therapy versus Pleasure -- 3. Spa Society -- 4. Making Money out of Pleasure -- Part II. Business of Europe -- 5. Royalty at Spas -- 6. Era of Congresses -- 7. Looking after Europe -- 8. Secret Diplomacy -- 9. Puppets and Puppeteers : Summer of 1870 in Ems -- 10. Bismarck's Cures -- 11. Rapprochements -- 12. The Flight from Spas and the End of an Era : 1914-1919
Subject Health resorts -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Summer resorts -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Cities and towns -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Cosmopolitanism -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Political culture -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Social interaction -- Europe -- History -- 19th century
Europe -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Europe -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Europe -- History, Local
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