Brooklyn’s Renaissance

Commerce, Culture, and Community in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World

Authors: Bullard, Melissa Meriam

  • Provides an outstanding cultural analysis of Brooklyn's development in the context of the Renaissance in Europe
  • Appeals to scholars of European and American cultural history as well as those interested in Brooklyn more broadly
  • Written by a leading historian of European history using a transatlantic approach to the rise of American urban centres
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This book shows how modern Brooklyn’s proud urban identity as an arts-friendly community originated in the mid nineteenth century.  Before and after the Civil War, Brooklyn’s elite, many engaged in Atlantic trade, established more than a dozen cultural societies, including the Philharmonic Society, Academy of Music, and Art Association.  The associative ethos behind Brooklyn’s fine arts flowering built upon commercial networks that joined commerce, culture, and community.  This innovative, carefully researched and documented history employs the concept of parallel Renaissances.  It shows influences from Renaissance Italy and Liverpool, then connected to New York through regular packet service like the Black Ball Line that ferried people, ideas, and cargo across the Atlantic.  Civil War disrupted Brooklyn’s Renaissance.  The city directed energies towards war relief efforts and the women’s Sanitary Fair.  The Gilded Age saw Brooklyn’s Renaissance energies diluted by financial and political corruption, planning the Brooklyn Bridge and consolidation with New York City in 1898. 

About the authors

Melissa Meriam Bullard is Professor of Renaissance and Early Modern European History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.  She has published extensively on the history of the Medici and Florence and recently on the reach of the Italian Renaissance into the nineteenth-century.  She brings an Atlantic world perspective of parallel Renaissances to Brooklyn’s history.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bullard, Melissa Meriam

    Pages 1-7

  • Parallel Renaissances in the Atlantic World

    Bullard, Melissa Meriam

    Pages 9-47

  • Black Ball Business and Commercial Networks

    Bullard, Melissa Meriam

    Pages 49-100

  • First Steps Toward Brooklyn’s Renaissance

    Bullard, Melissa Meriam

    Pages 101-155

  • Symphony of the Arts

    Bullard, Melissa Meriam

    Pages 157-208

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50176-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50175-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Brooklyn’s Renaissance
Book Subtitle
Commerce, Culture, and Community in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50176-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50176-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50175-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 458
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 illustrations in colour
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