The period from 1750 to 1850 was marked by a series of wars on a far greater international scale than hitherto experienced as democracy spread, revolutions rampaged, and empires expanded. Military service also became integral to many state’s conception of citizenship. Before the age of universal education and thus higher literacy rates, theatre offered an important medium for political and subjective expression. Yet, the role of conflict on the world of the theatre during this period has been largely overlooked. To rectify the situation, this project investigates how conflict facilitated encounters between theatrical cultures and how these encounters impacted theatrical milieus and their development.
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