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Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837; Revised Edition / Edition 3

Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837; Revised Edition / Edition 3

by Linda Colley
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ISBN-13: 9780300152807
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 469
Sales rank: 513,439
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Born in Britain, Linda Colley has taught and written on history and current events on both sides of the Atlantic. Previously at Cambridge, Yale, and the London School of Economics, she is now Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Britons Re-visited xi

Introduction 1

1 Protestants 11

A less than united kingdom 11

The struggles of God's elect 19

Jerusalem the golden 30

A polity by force of faith 44

2 Profits 55

Land, trade, war and empire 56

Jacobitism and the economics of loyalty 72

Investing in the nation 86

The price of it all 99

3 Peripheries 102

New landmarks 103

John Wilkes and Englishness 105

A Scottish empire? 118

America and the revolution in British sensibilities 134

4 Dominance 149

Crisis of an order 152

The making of the British ruling class 158

The cultural reconstruction of an elite 167

Heroes of their own epic 180

5 Majesty 199

A royal culture confined 200

Why George III was different 209

The mechanics of royal celebration 221

Meanings and magic 233

6 Womanpower 242

Beating against the bonds of womanhood 244

War and the sexes 256

Making separate spheres work for women 268

A woman's place is in the nation 278

7 Manpower 289

A nation in arms 292

Who was willing to fight? 297

The private reasons why 306

The politics of popular commitment 315

8 Victories? 327

Catholic emancipation and division 330

Parliamentary reform and compromise 341

Slavery, freedom and consensus 357

A nation redefined and undefined 368

Conclusions 372

Appendices 385

1 The Geography of Loyalty in 1745 386

2 Men at Arms throughout Great Britain, May 1804 388

3 Volunteers and their Chosen Sphere of Action in 1798 391

Notes 394

Photograph Acknowledgements 426

Index 427

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