The Politics of the Excluded,C. 1500-1850 (Themes in Focus Series)

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How powerless were the powerless? These essays trace the political life of marginalized groups from the Reformation to the Industrial Revolution. They show that they were capable of articulating in a public forum, but they were also often active participants in the political process themselves and taken seriously by the elites. The essays deal with riots, rumors, libels, seditious words, public opinion, the structures of local government, and ...
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Overview

How powerless were the powerless? These essays trace the political life of marginalized groups from the Reformation to the Industrial Revolution. They show that they were capable of articulating in a public forum, but they were also often active participants in the political process themselves and taken seriously by the elites. The essays deal with riots, rumors, libels, seditious words, public opinion, the structures of local government, and the gendered dimensions of popular political participation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333722237
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Themes in Focus Series
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Harris is Professor of History at Brown University, Providence.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Rumours and Popular Politics in the Reign of Henry VIII 30
3 'Poore men woll speak one daye': Plebeian Languages of Deference and Defiance in England, c. 1520-1640 67
4 Libels in Action: Ritual, Subversion and the English Literary Underground, 1603-42 99
5 The Political Culture of the Middling Sort in English Rural Communities, c. 1550-1700 125
6 The Unacknowledged Republic: Officeholding in Early Modern England 153
7 'Venerating the Honesty of a Tinker': The King's Friends and the Battle for the Allegiance of the Common People in Restoration England 195
8 Crowds and Political Festival in Georgian England 233
9 Domesticity is in the Streets: Eliza Fenning, Public Opinion and the Politics of Private Life 265
Index 291
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