From Jacobite to Conservative

From Jacobite to Conservative

by James J. Sack

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What did it mean to be a 'conservative' in Britain before such terminology was even used? Is it possible or even desirable to encapsulate such diverse individuals as George III, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, J. W. Croker and the Young Pitt within one political nomenclature? What is the relationship between the Jacobitism or Toryism of the early eighteenth century and the ideology of loyalist Englishmen of the latter Georgian period? In this 1993 book, James Sack confronts these questions in discussing an evolving right-wing mentalité, expressed in attitudes towards the past, the monarchy, humanitarianism, reform, and religion. Although Professor Sack has consulted a wide range of unpublished and printed correspondence, pamphlets, and sermons, his chief sources have been numerous 'Church and King' newspapers, journals, and magazines. From this right-wing press, Sack has uncovered a novel way of looking at political, social, and religious issues in the age of the American, French, and Industrial Revolutions. His central contention is that the defence of the Church of England, rather than nationalistic impulses, monarchical sentiment, or even economic self-interest, was the abiding concern of pre-1832 British conservatism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521893374
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/03/2002
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The right-wing press from Jacobitism to the Reform crisis: a discussion of sources; 2. The spirit of the English Right in an age of revolution; 3. Tories and Jacobites in the mid and late eighteenth century; 4. Toryism redivivus; 5. The British monarchy and the Right, 1760–1832; 6. Parliamentary reform and the Right, 1750–1832; 7. Tory humanitarianism and political economy, 1760–1832; 8. The right and Protestantism; 9. The Right and Catholicism; Conclusion; Select bibliography; Index.

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