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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
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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
Description:316 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3069979
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2002

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