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British Clubs and Societies 1580-1800 : The Origins of an Associational World - Peter Clark

British Clubs and Societies 1580-1800

The Origins of an Associational World

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780198203766
Number Of Pages: 548

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Modern freemasonry was invented in London about 1717, but was only one of a surge of British associations in the early modern era which had originated before the English Revolution. By 1800, thousands of clubs and societies had swept the country. Recruiting widely from the urban affluent classes, mainly amongst men, they traditionally involved heavy drinking, feasting, singing, and gambling. They ranged from political, religious and scientific societies, artistic and literary clubs, to sporting societies, bee keeping, and birdfancying clubs, and a myriad of other associations.

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`The detailed picture that Clark provides about societies, associations and clubs in Great Britain from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century goes beyond what may at first appear as a history of fashions and customs.' Ludovica de Courten, Ministry for Heritage and Cultural Activities, Rome `a most valuable book which ought to be the start and not the end of several arguments.' BJECS 24.2 `This book makes a substantial contribution to the understanding of eighteenth-century society and of the history of voluntary associations.' BJECS 24.2 `Unlike governamnets and great estates, bird-fancying clubs and oratorical societies do not often tend to leave meticulously kept an dcarefully housed sets of records. The author has perforce had to fall back on the scraps and fragments provided in diaries, collections of letters and old newspaper columns. These scattered sources he has scoured with impeccale industry and care. His findings, too, have been beautifully arranged and lucidly written down. This volume will surely for long remain the authorative treatment of the subject - in every way a worthy successor to Clark's now classic study of the English alehouse.' Angus Mcinnes, University of Keele. `British Clubs and Societies bears the stamp of authority: it covers a constellation of clubs, and provides a persuasive account of their development.' Roy Porter, London Review of Books, 22nd June, 00. `a characteristically fact-packed but thoughtful study.' Roy Porter, London Review of Books, 22nd June, 00. `This is, in almost every respect, a very fine book.' Frank Field, The Independent `more than enough to guarantee this book an imprtant place in future bibliographies.' Leslie Mitchell, TLS

Introduction Emergence: to 1688 National Expansion: 1688-1760 An Associational World: 1760-1800 Engines of Growth Membership Organization Regional and Ethnic Societies Freemasons Benefit Clubs Overseas Impact Conclusion

ISBN: 9780198203766
ISBN-10: 0198203764
Series: Oxford Studies in Social History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 548
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.51
Weight (kg): 0.76

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