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British Society 1680-1880 : Dynamism, Containment and Change - Richard Price

British Society 1680-1880

Dynamism, Containment and Change

Paperback Published: 29th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521657013
Number Of Pages: 364

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Richard Price here offers a sweeping new interpretation of modern British history. He challenges the dominant assumption that the nineteenth century marked the beginning of modern Britain. British Society argues on the contrary that nineteenth-century British society was the extension of an earlier era whose main themes first appeared in the late seventeenth century and which continued to shape the social, economic and political history of the country until the end of the nineteenth century. This book casts a new light on the main themes of economic, political and social history, and offers new interpretations on questions and issues that are central to the history of modern Britain. It follows in the great tradition of works such as Briggs's Age of Improvement, and Perkin's Origins of Modern English Society, and will be of enormous interest to all students and scholars of the period.

'There is much here that provokes and much that persuades.' David Eastwood, The Times Literary Supplement 'I think this is a fine book ... Richard Price has discharged his task with quite extraordinary scholarship. the book deserves to be treated as a scholarly synthesis and its arguments should be engaged by scholars in the field. The book's ambition not to be a textbook is amply fulfilled. But it is also a goldmine for the tribe of plunderers we commonly call undergraduates.' International Review of Social History

Introduction: beginnings, periods and problems
The economy of manufacture
A universal merchant to the world: the political economy of commerce and finance
The ambiguities of free trade
The reach of the state: taxation
The age of localism
The public, the private and the state: civil society 1680-1880
Exclusion and inclusion: the political consequences of 1688
Exclusion and inclusion: defending the politics of finality 1832-1885
The stabilities and instabilities of elite authority: social relations c.1688-c.1880
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ISBN: 9780521657013
ISBN-10: 0521657016
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 29th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.53