Politics and the Nation: Britain in the Mid-Eighteenth Century

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Harris presents a new picture of political life in mid-eighteenth-century Britain. Drawing on a great deal of original material, the book argues that British politics and political culture in that period have often been poorly understood through overemphasis on "stability." Using a thematic approach, it clearly reconstructs a political world in which vital issues continued to exercise the minds and emotions of those who made up the contemporary "political nation," a group that included far more than a handful of ...

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Overview

Harris presents a new picture of political life in mid-eighteenth-century Britain. Drawing on a great deal of original material, the book argues that British politics and political culture in that period have often been poorly understood through overemphasis on "stability." Using a thematic approach, it clearly reconstructs a political world in which vital issues continued to exercise the minds and emotions of those who made up the contemporary "political nation," a group that included far more than a handful of politicians who competed for national office.

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"This is an intense and detailed analysis of politics in the British Isles between the fall of Walpole (1742) and the accession of George III(1760)—CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199246939
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2002
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. The Political World
2. Virtue, Liberty, and the 'Country Interest'
3. Britain and France and the 'Empire of the Seas'
4. Scotland: Expunging the Memory of the '45
5. 'True English Genius': Patriots and Patriot Clubs in Ireland
6. Trade and the National Interest
7. Morals and the Nation
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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