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Lords of Misrule: Hostility to Aristocracy in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Britain

Lords of Misrule: Hostility to Aristocracy in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Britain

by A. Taylor

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Flamboyant, cultured and refined, aristocracy is often seen as a national treasure. Lords of Misrule takes a different view and considers the role of an aristocracy behaving badly. This is a book about the political, social and moral failings of aristocracy and the ways in which they have featured in political rhetoric. Drawing on the views of critics of aristocracy, it explores the dark side of power without responsibility. Less 'patrician paragons' than dissolute and debauched debtors, the aristocrats featured here undermined, rather than augmented, the fabric of national life. For the first time, Lords of Misrule recaptures the views of those radicals and reformers who were prepared to contemplate a Britain without aristocrats.

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ISBN-13: 9781349515868
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Edition description: 1st ed. 2004
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x (d)

About the Author

ANTONY TAYLOR is Senior Lecturer in History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has written widely in the field of Nineteenth Century politics, and is author of Down with the Crown: British Anti-monarchism and Debates about Royalty since 1790 (Reaktion, 1999).

Table of Contents

Introduction Aristocratic Debauchery and Working-Class Virtue: The Case of Colonel Valentine Baker 'The Apostle of Plunder': The Influence of Henry George in England Reconsidered Hunting, Moral Outrage, and Radical Opposition to Animal Abuse in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Britain 'Lords of Misrule': Liberalism, the House of Lords, and the Campaign Against Privilege Plutocracy Conclusions Appendices Bibliography

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