The Long Eighteenth Century
British Political and Social History, 1688-1832
By (author) Frank O'Gorman
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Long Eighteenth Century by Frank O'Gorman
Book DescriptionThe 'long eighteenth century' in British history, the period from 1688 to 1832, defies easy characterisation. To examine its political and social history is to be struck by the complexity of its values and practices. Some of its features - the growth of towns, the demand for political, social and humanitarian reform, and the establishment of parliamentary government - anticipate the concerns of later generations and impress us with their familiarity. The huge inequalities of wealth, on the other hand, the destitution of the masses, and the harsh treatment of children are ills made remote by their sheer intensity and scale. Acknowledging the complexities, this study identifies the key thematic patterns that constitute much of the consistency of the period. It examines the development of the internal structure of Britain and of a sense of British nationhood; the role of religion in the life of the state and of the people; the slow transition from a society of orders to a society based increasingly on class distinctions; the commercial and imperial expansion which contributed so much to the prosperity of British society; the growing role and status of Britain in Europe; and the development, albeit uneven, of liberal forms of political thought and action. Blending narrative with more purely analytical chapters, 'The Long Eighteenth Century' provides a fresh and cogent account of the period, introducing a wide audience both to the contours of the age and to the genuine excitement of recent debate.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780340567517
(234mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Hodder Arnold
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 26-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Frank O'Gorman
Ordering the World in the Eighteenth Century, Hardback (December 2005)
The Eighteenth century is often represented as 'The Age of Reason', but this claim was always open to troubling doubts and was intensely debated. This book explores the tensions and conflicts in these debates through a series of essays from international scholars, each challenging the idea that the Eighteenth century was an age of order.
Voters, Patrons and Parties, Hardback (August 1989)» View all books by Frank O'Gorman
This wide-ranging study of electoral politics in England between 1734 and 1832 attempts to provide an analysis of the control of the electoral system by the upper classes. The author examines the voters themselves - their motivations, prejudices and beliefs as well as their political behaviour.
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Author Biography - Frank O'Gorman
Frank O'Gorman is a professor at University of Manchester.
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