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Aristocratic Century

Author: John Cannon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521335669
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Since the work of Butterfield and Namier in the 1930s, it has commonly been said that eighteenth-century England appears atomised, left with no overall interpretation. Subsequent work on religious differences and on party strife served to reinforce the image of a divided society, and in the last ten years historians of the poor and unprivileged have suggested that beneath the surface lurked substantial popular discontent. Professor Cannon uses his 1982 Wiles Lecture to offer a different interpretation - that the widespread acceptance of aristocratic values and aristocratic leadership gave a remarkable intellectual, political and social coherence to the century. He traces the recovery made by the aristocracy from its decade in 1649 when the House of Lords was abolished as useless and dangerous. After the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the peerage re-established its hold on government and society. Professor Cannon is forced to challenge some of the most cherished beliefs of English historiography - that Hanoverian society, at its top level, was an open elite, continually replenished by vigorous recruits from other groups and classes. He suggests that, on the contrary, in some respects the English peerage was more exclusive than many of its continental counterparts and that the openness was a myth which itself served a potent political purpose. Of the prospering burgeoisie, he argues that the remarkable thing was not their assertiveness but their long acquiescence in patrician rule, and he poses the paradox of a country increasingly dominated by a landed aristocracy giving birth to the first industrial revolution. His final chapter discusses the ideological under-pinning which made aristocratic supremacy acceptable for so long, and the emergence of those forces and ideals which were ultimately to replace it.

The Oxford Handbook Of The Eighteenth Century Novel

Author: J. A. Downie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199566747
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The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth Century Novel is the first published book to cover the 'eighteenth-century English novel' in its entirety. It is an indispensible resource for those with an interest in the history of the novel.

The Writing Of Urban Histories In Eighteenth Century England

Author: Junior Research Fellow in History Rosemary Sweet
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198206699
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This text provides an analysis of 18th-century urban culture and local historical scholarship. The author shows how a sense of the past was crucial not only in instilling civic pride and shaping a sense of community, but also in informing contests for power and influence in the local community.


Author: Linda Colley
ISBN: 9780300152807
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Linda Colley's comprehensive study of national identity is a major work that contributes to our understanding of Britain's past and to the growing debate about the shape and survival of Britain and its institutions in the future.

The European Nobility 1400 1800

Author: Jonathan Dewald
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521425285
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An authoritative and accessible survey of the European nobility over four centuries.

Noblesse Au Xviiie Si Cle Anglais

Author: Guy Chaussinand-Nogaret
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521275903
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Contrary to their traditional image as a caste of intransigent reactionaries and parasites, this analysis maintains that pre-revolutionary nobility actually were in the forefront of French economic and intellectual life, and until 1789, at the head of the movement for reform of the old regime.