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: 0521552532

ISBN-13: 9780521552530

Pub. Date: 07/23/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a major survey of how towns were governed in late Stuart and early Hanoverian England. England's civil wars in the 1640s broke apart a society that had been used to political consensus. Though all sought unity after the wars ended, a new kind of politics developed—one based on partisan division, arising first in urban communities, not at Parliament.

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Overview

This is a major survey of how towns were governed in late Stuart and early Hanoverian England. England's civil wars in the 1640s broke apart a society that had been used to political consensus. Though all sought unity after the wars ended, a new kind of politics developed—one based on partisan division, arising first in urban communities, not at Parliament. This book explains how war unleashed a long cycle of purge and counter-purge and how society found the means to absorb divisive politics peacefully. Legal changes are explored with reference to the rarely-studied court records of King's Bench, to which local competitors turned for help in resolving their differences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521552530
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/23/1998
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; Part I. Corporate Ideal and Partisan Reality: 1. The paradox of partisan politics; 2. 'The best of politics'; 3. From purge to purge: Civil War, Interregnum, and Restoration in the corporations; 4. Partisan politics, 1663–1682; Part II. The King and his Corporations, 1660–1688: 5. The corporations and their charters, 1660–1682; 6. Quo warranto and the King's corporations, 1682–1685; 7. Revolution in the corporations, 1685–1688; Part III. Partisan Conflict and the Law in a Dynamic Society: 8. The legacy of the 1680s; 9. Partisan conflict and political stability, 1702–1727; 10. 1660, 1688, 1727, and beyond; Select bibliography; Index.

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