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British Society 1680–1880

British Society 1680–1880
Dynamism, Containment and Change

  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521657013


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  • Richard Price here offers a sweeping interpretation of modern British history. He challenges the dominant assumption that the nineteenth century marked the beginning of modern Britain. British Society argues on the contrary that nineteenth-century British society was the extension of an earlier era whose main themes first appeared in the late seventeenth century and which continued to shape the social, economic and political history of the country until the end of the nineteenth century. This book casts light on the main themes of economic, political and social history, and offers alternative interpretations on questions and issues that are central to the history of modern Britain. It follows in the great tradition of works such as Briggs's Age of Improvement, and Perkin's Origins of Modern English Society, and will be of enormous interest to all students and scholars of the period.

    • Confronts and questions the dominant conceptions and interpretations of modern British history
    • Covers the key teaching questions in the study of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
    • Emphasises the interactions between social, economic, and political history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'There is much here that provokes and much that persuades.' David Eastwood, The Times Literary Supplement

    'I think this is a fine book … Richard Price has discharged his task with quite extraordinary scholarship. the book deserves to be treated as a scholarly synthesis and its arguments should be engaged by scholars in the field. The book's ambition not to be a textbook is amply fulfilled. But it is also a goldmine for the tribe of plunderers we commonly call undergraduates.' International Review of Social History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521657013
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: beginnings, periods and problems
    1. The economy of manufacture
    2. A universal merchant to the world: the political economy of commerce and finance
    3. The ambiguities of free trade
    4. The reach of the state: taxation
    5. The age of localism
    6. The public, the private and the state: civil society 1680–1880
    7. Exclusion and inclusion: the political consequences of 1688
    8. Exclusion and inclusion: defending the politics of finality 1832–1885
    9. The stabilities and instabilities of elite authority: social relations c.1688–c.1880

  • Author

    Richard Price, University of Maryland, College Park

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