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Opera: The Autobiography of the Western World Book

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An expert guide to the vibrant music, charming stories, and groundbreaking works that have shaped the timeless art form. This book is a chronology of myth and history as told in opera. Over 260 paintings and photographs, most in colour, accompany the narrative.

Why were particular myths and historical events important at particular times? Why were the same myths and historical events told in radically different ways? In seeking answers to these questions, this book charts how the modern West migrated from autocracy towards liberal democracy, from theocratic absolutism towards tolerant pluralism, from sexism towards gender equality. It traces growing scepticism about religiously inspired warfare and colonial empire building.

Unlike anything previously published, this is a book for lovers of history and the arts, and for anyone interested in how the western world of today came into being. By exploring a bewitchingly beautiful art form, it chronicles a sequence of extraordinary transformations: the political, religious and social revolutions that created the modern West.

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Author: Simon Banks
ISBN: 9781803131955
Format: Hardback
Size: 24 x 16 cms

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Carmen Caruso

Great book! We need to reinvigorate the reaching of Western civilization including the Arts in our schools.

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Great book! We need to reinvigorate the reaching of Western civilization including the Arts in our schools.