This article discusses new German studies on the specifical political role of the opera theater in the 'long' 19th century in Central and Eastern Europe. They show the close relations between the modernization of theatre practice, culture as a whole and the changes in political culture. The transition from the (theatre) culture of the 'word' to the preference of the 'optical' played a major role in this process.
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