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The Sense of the People : Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715-1785 - Kathleen Wilson

The Sense of the People

Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715-1785

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Published: 5th October 1998
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This exciting study demonstrates the central role of "the people," the empire, and the citizen in eighteenth-century English popular politics. Pioneering in its focus on provincial towns, its attention to the imperial contexts of urban politics and its use of a rich and diverse array of sources--from newspapers, prints and plays to pottery and tea-cloths--it shows how the wide-ranging political culture of English towns attuned ordinary men and women to the issues of state power and thus enabled them to stake their own claims in national and imperial affairs.

'This much anticipated re-examination of English urban political culture builds upon the scholarship of a generation and formulates a narrative of political change that makes imperial considerations crucial ... This book is a welcome advance in understanding, and an invitation to further work.' The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 'Students of eighteenth-century Britain have eagerly anticipated this book, and it will not disappoint them' Journal of Social History '... this book, by virtue of its broad vision and sense of change, its probings in depth, and its chronological sweep provides us with an important new perspective on eighteenth-century English politics.' Albion

The National Context
Introduction: The People, Towns and Politics of eighteenth-Century England
Print, people and culture in the urban Renaissance
Loyalism abounding to the chief of sinners: the reconfiguration of opposition politics, 1714-35
Patriotic adventure: libertarianism, war and empire, 1736-62
Patriot's apogee: Wilkite radicalism and the cult of resistance, 1763-74
The crisis: radicalism, loyalism and the American War, 1774-85
The Cases of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Norwich
Changing contexts: Newcastle and Norwich in the eighteenth century
The rejection of deference: Newcastle
Clientage and its discontents: Norwich
Conclusions: the people, the state and the subject
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ISBN: 9780521635271
ISBN-10: 0521635276
Series: Past and Present Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 5th October 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.43  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.64