Dismembering the Body Politic: Partisan Politics in England's Towns, 1650-1730

Dismembering the Body Politic: Partisan Politics in England's Towns, 1650-1730

by Paul D. Halliday
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521526043

ISBN-13: 9780521526043

Pub. Date: 10/31/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a major survey of how towns were governed in late Stuart and early Hanoverian England. A new kind of politics emerged out of England's Civil Wars: partisan politics. This happened first in the corporations governing the towns, and not at Parliament as is usually argued. Based on an examination of the records of scores of corporations, this book explains how…  See more details below

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This is a major survey of how towns were governed in late Stuart and early Hanoverian England. A new kind of politics emerged out of England's Civil Wars: partisan politics. This happened first in the corporations governing the towns, and not at Parliament as is usually argued. Based on an examination of the records of scores of corporations, this book explains how war unleashed cycles of purge and counter-purge which continued for decades. It also explains how a society that feared a system of politics based on division found the means to absorb it peacefully.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521526043
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
Pt. 1Corporate ideal and partisan reality
1The paradox of partisan politics3
2"The best of politics"29
3From purge to purge: Civil War, Interregnum, and Restoration in the corporations56
4Partisan politics, 1663-1682106
Pt. 2The King and his corporations, 1660-1688
5The corporations and their charters, 1660-1682149
6Quo warranto and the King's corporations, 1682-1685189
7Revolution in the corporations, 1685-1688237
Pt. 3Partisan conflict and the law in a dynamic society
8The legacy of the 1680s265
9Partisan conflict and political stability, 1702-1727304
101660, 1688, 1727, and beyond342
App. ARoyal charters of incorporation, 1660-1727350
App. BEnforcement of the Corporation Act, 1662-1663354
Select bibliography362
Index383

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