From Jacobite to Conservative

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What did it mean to be a 'conservantive' in Britain before such terminology was even used? Is it possible or even desirable to encapsulate such diverse individuals as George III, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, J. W. Croker and the Younger Pitt within one political nomenclature? What is the relationship between the Jacobitism or Toryism of the early eighteenth century and the ideology of loyalist Englishmen of the latter Georgian period? James Sack confronts these questions in discussing an evolving right-wing mentalite, expressed in attitudes towards the past, the monarchy, humanitarianism, reform, and religion. Although Professor Sack has consulted a wide range of unpublished and printed correspondence, pamphlets and sermons, his chief sources have been numerous 'Church and King' newspapers, journals, and magazines. From this right-wing press, Sack has uncovered a novel way of looking at political, social and religious issues in the age of the American, French and Industrial Revolutions. His central contention is that the defence of the Church of England, rather than nationalistic impulses, monarchical sentiment, or even economic self-interest, was the abiding concern of pre-1832 British conservatism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521432665
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/1993
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The right-wing press from Jacobitism to the Reform crisis: a discussion of sources 8
2 The spirit of the English Right in an age of revolution 30
3 Tories and Jacobites in the mid and late eighteenth century 46
4 Toryism redivivus 64
5 The British monarchy and the Right, 1760-1832 112
6 Parliamentary reform and the Right, 1750-1832 146
7 Tory humanitarianism and political economy, 1760-1832 156
8 The Right and Protestantism 188
The High Church 188
Dissenters 199
Evangelicals 204
9 The Right and Catholicism 217
Conclusion 252
Select bibliography 259
Index 280
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