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

Public Life and the Propertied Englishman 1689-1798

The Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford 1990

Paperback Published: 4th August 1994
ISBN: 9780198205340
Number Of Pages: 608

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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 plebian 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. 'masterly book', Times Literary Supplement 'impressive erudition and immense industry', Times Higher Education Supplement 'as controversial as it is comprehensive . . . Langford . . . is a conscientious and scrupulous scholar', English Historical Review 'written with great distinction and a certain aloof wit . . . an impressive piece of work . . . He has certainly given an old picture a new slant, and his thesis commands the attention of all students of 18th-century England', Spectator

masterly book Times Literary Supplement as controversial as it is comprehensive English Historical Review an impressive piece of work ... commands the attention of all students of 18th-century England Spectator

1: The propertied mind 2: Prior allegiance 3: Parliamentary service 4: Qualified rule 5: Real and personal 6: Rural duties 7: Just authorities 8: Personal nobility Conclusion Index

ISBN: 9780198205340
ISBN-10: 0198205341
Series: Ford Lectures
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 4th August 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.02