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Le théâtre en garnison : l'Hôtel des Spectacles de Metz au XVIIIe siècle

Abstract : The theatrical establishments have by nature direct links with the law, be it in administrative, political or institutional history. The analysis of the theatre of Metz in the 18th century allows us to study the powers at stake within the theatre in a provincial town as far as the organization of leisure for town people is concerned. The theatre represents a major art of leisure in the 18th century, all the more so in garrison towns. The organization of spectacles in Metz within the allocated building is the response to needs specific to garrison towns. The military population needs to be entertained while the expectations of society in general needs to be satisfied. The construction of the theatre of Metz is encouraged by both the intendant and the governor on behalf of the central power. What is at stake on a political level is the institution of the theatre as such together with the way it is managed. The construction of the theatre allows us to analyse how individuals invested with power compete in order to assert political precedence within the province and the royal court. The successive procedures of management of the theatre enable the military authorities to get hold of a major share in the management of municipal and local institutions. These political aspects underlie this study and allow us to shed a light on the different legal aspects that the local authorities use in a bid to assert their power.
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Adeline Karcher. Le théâtre en garnison : l'Hôtel des Spectacles de Metz au XVIIIe siècle. Droit. Université de Lorraine, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014LORR0316⟩. ⟨tel-01751771⟩



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