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Public Life and the Propertied Englishman 1689-1798: The Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford 1990

Public Life and the Propertied Englishman 1689-1798: The Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford 1990
 

A major reassessment of the place of the propertied class in 18th-century England, revealing a society in which the middle class increasingly enforced its social priorities, vested interests, and ideological preoccupations. The book should be of interest to students of politics a... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780198201496
Published 16 May 1991 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback, New title
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Author(s) By Langford, Paul
Series Ford Lectures
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ISBN-13 9780198201496
ISBN-10 0198201494
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Clarendon Press
Publication Date 16 May 1991
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Langford, Paul
Series Ford Lectures
Category World History: C 1500 To C 1750
World History: C 1750 To C 1900
British & Irish History
Social & Cultural History
Social Groups & Communities
Political Structure & Processes
Number of Pages 622
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 44mm
Weight 1,042g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress England - Nobility - Case studies
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 941.07
Catalogue Code Not specified

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This book offers a major reassessment of the place of propertied people in eighteenth-century England. Common views of politics in this period postulate aristocratic dominance coexisting with plebeian vitality. Paul Langford explores the terrain which lay between the high ground of elite rule and the low ground of popular politics, revealing the vigorous activity and institutional creativity which prevailed in it. Dr Langford shows us a society in which middle-class men and women increasingly enforced their social priorities, vested interests, and ideological preoccupations. In an age imbued with the propertied mentality, the machinery, formal and informal, for managing public affairs was constantly revised. Political and religious prejudices are shown in retreat before the requirements of propertied association. Parliament appears as the willing tool of interests and communities which were by no means submissive to the traditional authority of the gentry. The nobility is seen obediently adapting to the demands of those whom it sought to patronize. This perceptive study makes a significant contribution to our understanding of eighteenth-century society and politics.

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NZ Review Scholars will welcome the prompt publication of Langford's provocative thesis and detailed evidence. --Choice<br> This book is wonderful to own....It provides a unique work of reference for esoteric but useful information, ranging over countless items of interest, from copyright law to militia politics. --Albion<br>

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