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Eine Geschichte der Neugier

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ISBN: 9783205994626 Year: Pages: 413 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_574816 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - D 3330
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My book deals for the first time comprehensively with the techniques (and methodologies) of socio-cultural research in pre-modern societies. Contrary to prevailing opinion, it holds that some form of empirical research in these domains must have been present in all human groups, and every type of society, otherwise they would not have been able to adapt to other groups and to their own Internal changes. I distinguish between three basic research techniques: (1) travel, (2) the survey, and (3) the collection and interpretation of material objects..Chapters I-III follow the development of these techniques from primitive societies via the early civilizations (exemplified by the Ancient near East, Egypt, Israel and the Greco-Roman world) and the Middle Ages to Early Modern Western Society. The mainstay of the book is the period from late humanism to the "scientific revolution" (circa 1570-1660),when all the techniques were refined and two of them (travel and collecting) were methodized. In that period also the age-old barriers against the accumulation of the research results and thus the development of socio-cultural sciences, namely secrecy and topicality, began to break down. I hold that all this contributed decisively to the hegemony of the west over all other World civilizations.Chapters IV-VIII deal with some special problems of the following period from the "scientific revolution" to the onset of Modernity (circa 1660-1800). They are closely interconnected and add some significant and lively details to the generalizations of chapters I-III.

Porträtgalerien auf Papier

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ISBN: 9783205205296 Year: Pages: 326 Seiten Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) - PUB 440
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The portrait collection of Emperor Francis I of Austria (1768-1835) is one of the rare examples of an aristocratic portrait collection that has been preserved. The aim of the study is to shed light on the history of this example of the Habsburgian culture of collecting and to reconstruct the development of the collection. The specific characteristic of the classification system is compared to other reconstructable collections of the 18th century like those of Prince Eugene of Savoy and of Louis Philippe I, King of the French.

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