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A Polite and Commercial People: England 1727-1783

A Polite and Commercial People: England 1727-1783
 

The 18th century was an age of vitality and variety, of contrasts and change. This work offers general history of England between the accession of George II and the loss of America. It reveals the character of the age, and demonstrates that 18th-century society was both strengthe... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780198207337
Barcode 9780198207337
Published 1 February 1998 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Hardback, New edition
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Author(s) By Langford, Paul
Series New Oxford History of England
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ISBN-13 9780198207337
ISBN-10 0198207336
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 1 February 1998
International Publication Date 1 January 1989
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Langford, Paul
Series New Oxford History of England
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
British & Irish History
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 824
Dimensions Width: 164mm
Height: 243mm
Spine: 49mm
Weight 1,350g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 942.07
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This book, the first volume to appear of the New Oxford History of England, offers the most authoritative, comprehensive general history of England between the accession of George II and the loss of America. Though conventionally seen as static and politically stable, the eighteenth century was an age of extraordinary vitality and variety, of contrasts and change. Beneath the serene surface of aristocratic government, stately manners, and Georgian elegance, lay a less orderly world of treasonable plots, riotous mobs, and Hogarthian vulgarity. While rapid commercial growth and burgeoning bourgeois pretensions gave rise to the positive achievements of military success and imperial expansion, cultural confidence and polite manners, tensions and contradictions simmered and threatened. Evangelical enthusiasm jostled with scientific rationalism, oligarchical politics with popular insubordination, entrepreneurial opulence with plebian poverty, sentimentality with utilitarian reform. Using the most up-to-date research, Paul Langford reveals the true character of the age, and demonstrates that eighteenth-century society was both strengthened and stretched by the changes to which it was subjected. THE NEW OXFORD HISTORY OF ENGLAND series (General Editor: J. M. Roberts) The first volume of Sir George Clark's Oxford History of England was published in 1934. Over the following fifty years that series established itself as a standard work of reference, and a repertoire of scholarship for hundreds of thousands of readers. The New Oxford History of England, of which this is the first volume, is its successor. Each volume will set out an authoritative view of the present state of scholarship, presenting a distillation of the new knowledge built up by a half-century's research and publication of new sources, and incorporating the perspectives and judgements of a new generation of scholars. It is the intention of the General Editor and the Publisher that shall worthily take the place of its predecessor as the standard authoritative account of the national history and achieve a similar classic standing.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Fascinating...carried through with great skill and clarity ...the summaries of historical controversies are judicious and well-informed Observer Polished and provocative Roy Porter, New Statesman & Society

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Author's Bio

Paul Langford is Professor of Modern History at Lincoln College, Oxford.

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