A Polite and Commercial People: England, 1727-1783

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Oxford University Press, 1992 - History - 803 pages
The first volume of Sir George Clark's Oxford History of England was published in 1934, and over 50 years that series established itself as a standard reference for hundreds of thousands of readers. The New Oxford History of England, of which this is the first volume, is its successor.

In this, the most authoritative, comprehensive general history of England between the accession of George II and the loss of America, Paul Langford merges conflicting images of the 18th century into a coherent picture to reveal the true character of the age. Conventional views of the 18th century emphasize its political stability, aristocratic government, stately manners, and Georgian elegance. But Langford reveals another aspect of the times--a less orderly world of treasonous plots, rioting mobs, and Hogarthian vulgarity. Using the latest research and a wealth of techniques culled from a variety of disciplines, he tells an absorbing tale of remarkable contrasts and changes. An age often seen in static terms is brought to life with all its contradictions and tensions revealed.
 

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Contents

ROBINS REIGN 17271742
9
THE PROGRESS OF POLITENESS
59
INDUSTRY AND IDLENESS
123
PATRIOTISM UNMASKED 17421757
183
SALVATION BY FAITH
235
THE FORTUNATE ISLE
289
PATRIOTISM RESTORED 17571770
331
NEW IMPROVEMENTS
389
BRITANNIAS DISTRESS 17701783
519
MACARONI MANNERS
565
OPULENCE AND GLORY
615
THIS HAPPY CONSTITUTION
677
CHRONOLOGY
727
BIBLIOGRAPHY
741
INDEX
767
Copyright

THE BIRTH OF SENSIBILITY
461

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Paul Langford is Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford.

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