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Music and the New Global CultureFrom the Great Exhibitions to the Jazz Age$
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Harry Liebersohn

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226621265

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226649306.001.0001

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Music and the New Global Culture

Harry Liebersohn

University of Chicago Press

Ravi Shankar illustrates the globalization of culture in the twentieth century, but music’s globalization reaches back to the mid-nineteenth century. In conversation with J.H. Elliott’s and Bernard Smith’s writings, this book traces the reverse impact of expansion on Europe, described in Hans-Georg Gadamer’s language as a fusion of horizons. Contrary to the cliché of a one-sided imposition of Western cultures, globalization involved creative non-Western responses, complex local stories and discontinuities. Enlightenment world voyage accounts and writers like Sir William Jones and Johann Gottfried Herder worked with static national types; marking a transition from world culture to global culture, Goethe anticipated an age of accelerating cultural exchange. This book focuses on global musical exchanges in the transatlantic triad of Britain, Germany and the U.S. while acknowledging French and Habsburg histories, transnational trajectories, and non-Western cities as sites of encounter. Going beyond the dichotomy of cosmopolitanism and nationalism, the book describes how cosmopolitans, nationalists, transnationals and localists together shaped musical globalization.

Keywords:   Global culture, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, cultural encounters, world music, Ravi Shankar

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