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Title:The Green Table: Gambling Casinos, Capitalist Culture, and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Germany
Author(s):Carter, Everett John
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Liebersohn, Harry
Department / Program:History
Discipline:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):History, European
Abstract:I draw on work in the sociology of risk to suggest that the increased role of chance in human affairs produced new claims of elite political and economic control and a willingness to use leisure activities like gambling to legitimize positions of power. The tension between this emerging ruling class and the radical social mobility on display at casinos helped define the unique mixture of universalism and exclusion that characterized nineteenth-century German liberalism. The case of the gambling casino illustrates that even as legal inequality gradually disappeared from European polities, hierarchy and status difference were re-inscribed on a new basis, rooted in cultural distinction and the ability to make decisions in risky circumstances.
Issue Date:2002
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:316 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/84633
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3069979
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2002


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