The Emergence of a Ruling Order: English Landed Society, 1650-1750

The Emergence of a Ruling Order: English Landed Society, 1650-1750

by James M. Rosenheim
     
 

This important new study considers how the English landed gentry secured their position of enduring wealth and political power across the century which saw their rise from a provincial social order to the national ruling elite. Dr. Rosenheim explores all aspects of the life of the landed order, whether in the country or in London. He looks at birth, education,… See more details below

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This important new study considers how the English landed gentry secured their position of enduring wealth and political power across the century which saw their rise from a provincial social order to the national ruling elite. Dr. Rosenheim explores all aspects of the life of the landed order, whether in the country or in London. He looks at birth, education, marriage, and mobility (both physical and social); at religion and Jacobitism; and at public life in both shire and metropolis. He considers landowners as estate managers and investors; as magistrates and politicians; as students and European travellers; and as spouses and parents; and he explores their involvement in trade and commerce, as well as the exploitation of their estates. The result - integrating social, political, cultural and economic history, and making wide use of specific case studies - offers a searching analysis of the subject. It is also a vivid and entertaining portrait of one of the major formative influences on English culture and on the English landscape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582087415
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
05/11/1998
Series:
Studies in Modern History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.74(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Map
1Introduction1
2Birth, Marriage, and Education13
3Agriculture, the Landed Estate, and Business47
4The Transformation of County Identity89
5Central Government and National Politics130
6Cultural Separation and Cultural Identity174
7The Influence of the Metropolis215
8Conclusion253
Bibliography259
Index282

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