The Long Eighteenth Century: British Political and Social History 1688-1832 / Edition 1

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This long-awaited new edition sees this classic text by a leading scholar given a new lease of life, complete with a wealth of original new material on a range of topics and taking into account the research that has been undertaken in the field in the last 15 years.

The book considers the development of the internal structure of Britain and explores the growing sense of British nationhood. It looks at the role of religion in matters of state and society, in addition to society's own move towards a class-based system. Commercial and imperial expansion, Britain's role in Europe and the early stages of liberalism are also examined.

This new edition is fully updated to include:

- Revised and thorough treatments of the themes of gender and religion and of the 1832 Reform Act
- New sections on 'Commerce and Empire' and 'Britain and Europe'
- Several new maps and charts
- A revised introduction and a new, more extensive conclusion
- Updated note sections and bibliographies

The Long Eighteenth Century is the essential text for any student seeking to understand the nuances of this absorbing period of British history.

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"A welcome overview that should be useful to upper-division undergraduates."—CHOICE

A welcome overview that should be useful to upper-division undergraduates.
Combining narrative and analytic chapters, O'Gorman (history, U. of Manchester) traces British history from the restoration of the monarchy to electorial reform. He weighs the growth of towns; the demand for political, social, and humanitarian reform; and the establishment of parliamentary government against the huge inequalities of wealth, the destitution of the masses, and the harsh treatment of children. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
of the first edition English Historical Review

[O'Gorman's] comprehensive survey of the field should become required reading.
of the first edition Choice

A welcome overview that should be useful to upper-division undergraduates.
English Historical Review

[O'Gorman's] comprehensive survey of the field should become required reading.

A welcome overview that should be useful to upper-division undergraduates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340567517
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Contexts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,157,263
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank O'Gorman is Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds, UK.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Britain in the later seventeenth century 1
Place 1
Belief 6
Gender 8
Society 12
Economy 19
Politics 24
Ch. 2 The Glorious Revolution in Britain, 1688-1714 29
The Glorious Revolution in England, 1688-1689 29
Crown and Parliament, 1689-1714 36
Politics and parties, 1689-1714 43
Britain and Europe, 1689-1713 51
The Glorious Revolution and the unity of Britain, 1689-1714 54
Ch. 3 Whiggism supreme, 1714-1757 65
The Hanoverian Succession, 1714-1721 65
The Walpolean regime, 1721-1742 71
The Pelhams and patriotism, 1742-1757 87
Ch. 4 The social foundations of the early Hanoverian regime, 1714-1757 96
The identity of Britain 96
The ruling order: oligarchy and deference 101
The middling orders: enterprise and docility 108
Urban society: culture and elites 113
The common people: assertion, festivity and direct action 118
Ch. 5 The political foundations of the early Hanoverian regime, 1714-1757 126
Politics and print 126
Crown and Parliament 129
The state: central and local 134
Whigs and Tories 142
The Jacobites 152
Ch. 6 What kind of regime? (1714-1757) 160
A stable regime? 160
A confessional regime? 163
An ancien regime? 171
Ch. 7 Patriotism and empire, 1756-1789 176
Commerce and empire 176
William Pitt and the Seven Years War, 1756-1763 180
The origins of the American Revolution, 1756-1776 187
The American War of Independence, 1776-1783 195
Ch. 8 The age of George III, 1760-1789 201
George III and the politicians, 1760-1770 201
Politics and party, 1770-1789 210
Reform politics, 1763-1789 221
Ch. 9 The crisis of the Hanoverian regime, 1789-1820 233
The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1789-1820 233
Radicalism and patriotism, 1789-1820 242
The politics of wartime and after, 1789-1820 255
The avoidance of revolution, 1789-1820 266
Ch. 10 State and church in later Hanoverian Britain, 1757-1832 277
Monarchy and the party system, 1780-1832 277
The state and the law 286
The retreat from the confessional state, 1756-1820 294
Ch. 11 The social foundations of the later Hanoverian regime, 1757-1832 311
The United Kingdom 311
Economy and empire 321
The social order 327
Constructions of gender in later Hanoverian Britain 343
Ch. 12 The renewal of the regime, 1820-1832 351
The coming of reform, 1820-1830 351
The passage of reform, 1830-1832 361
The Reform Act of 1832 367
Conclusion 377
Bibliography 383
Index 401
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