An Open Elite?: England 1540-1880 / Edition 1

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An Open Elite? sets out to test the traditional view that for centuries English landed society has been open to new families made rich by business or public office. From a detailed examination of the landed elites of three counties between 1540 and 1880, the authors come to radical new conclusions about the landed classes. They describe the strategies of marriage and inheritance evolved by older families to preserve their position, and establish that the number of newcomers was always relatively small. The resulting work is a major reassessment of the social, economic, and political history of England since the Reformation.

This abridged edition of what was immediately recognized as a major work of historical scholarship was first published in 1986 and is now available in Clarendon Paperback with a new foreword by Lawrence Stone.

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"Mathematical precision, buttressed by an impressive and well-produced array of graphs and tables, is accompanied by Lawrence Stone's fluent, fertile and suggestive prose'.--Jeremy Black, New Statesman

"compelling read... endlessly fascinating... on the making of the English upper class'.--Roy Porter, New Society

"The most important, exciting, and original book on the English landed elite to have appeared since The Crisis of the Aristocracy. There can be ho higher praise than that."--David Cannadine, New York Review of Books


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198206071
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 590
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Until his retirement Director of Shelby Cullom David Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, Lawrence Stone remains one of the best-known historians in the world. For OUP he is the author of the trilogy Road to Divorce (1990, OPB 1995), Uncertain Unions (1992, OPB 1995), and Broken Lives (1993, OPB 1995), and also The Crisis of Aristocracy (1965, pb 1967).

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