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A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain

H. T. Dickinson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21837-1
584 pages
November 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This authoritative Companion introduces readers to the developments that lead to Britain becoming a great world power, the leading European imperial state, and, at the same time, the most economically and socially advanced, politically liberal and religiously tolerant nation in Europe.

  • Covers political, social, cultural, economic and religious history. Written by an international team of experts.
  • Examines Britain's position from the perspective of other European nations.
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List of Maps x

List of Contributors xi

Introduction xv

Maps xix

Part I Politics and the Constitution 1

1 The British Constitution 3
H. T. Dickinson

2 The British State 19
Eckhart Hellmuth

3 Finance and Taxation 30
Patrick Karl O’Brien

4 Local Government and Local Society 40
David Eastwood

5 Parliament, Parties and Elections (1688–1760) 55
Brian Hill

6 Parliament, Parties and Elections (1760–1815) 69
Stephen M. Lee

7 The Jacobite Movement 81
Daniel Szechi

8 Popular Politics and Radical Ideas 97
H. T. Dickinson

9 The Crisis of the French Revolution 112
Emma Vincent Macleod

Part II The Economy and Society 125

10 Manufacturing and Commerce 127
John Rule

11 Agriculture and Rural Life 141
Gordon Mingay

12 The Landed Elite 158
Richard G. Wilson

13 The Middling Orders 172
Nicholas Rogers

14 The Labouring Poor 183
John Rule

15 Urban Life and Culture 196
Peter Borsay

16 Women and the Family 209
John D. Ramsbottom

Part III Religion 223

17 The Church of England 225
Jeremy Gregory

18 Religious Minorities in England 241
Colin Haydon

19 Methodism and the Evangelical Revival 252
G. M. Ditchfield

20 Religion in Scotland 260
Stewart J. Brown

21 Religion in Ireland 271
Sean J. Connolly

Part IV Culture 281

22 Print Culture 283
Bob Harris

23 Political Ideas from Locke to Paine 294
Pamela Edwards

24 The Making of Elite Culture 311
Maura A. Henry

25 Literature and Drama 329
J. Alan Downie

26 Popular Culture 344
Bob Bushaway

27 Crime and Punishment 358
James A. Sharpe

Part V Union and Disunion in the British Isles 367

28 Integration: Patriotism and Nationalism 369
Colin Kidd

29 Scotland and the Union 381
Alexander Murdoch

30 Wales in the Eighteenth Century 392
Geraint H. Jenkins

31 Ireland: The Making of the ‘Protestant Ascendancy’, 1690–1760 403
Paddy McNally

32 Ireland: Radicalism, Rebellion and Union 414
Martyn J. Powell

Part VI Britain and the Wider World 429

33 Britain’s Emergence as a European Power, 1688–1815 431
H. M. Scott

34 Britain and the Atlantic World 447
W. A. Speck

35 Britain and India 460
Bruce P. Lenman

36 The British Army 473
Stanley D. M. Carpenter

37 The Royal Navy 481
Richard Harding

38 Britain and the Slave Trade 489
John Oldfield

Bibliography 499

Index 516

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H. T. Dickinson is Richard Lodge Professor of British History at Edinburgh University. He is a former President of the Historical Association and a former Vice President of the Royal Historical Society. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond. His numerous books include British Radicalism and the French Revolution 1789–1815 (1985), Caricatures and the Constitution 1760–1832 (1986) and The Politics of the People in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1995). He was also editor of the journal History from 1993 to 2000.
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  • Shows how Britain became the leading European imperial state, and, at the same time, the most economically and socially advanced, politically liberal and religiously tolerant nation in Europe.
  • Covers political, social, cultural, economic and religious history.
  • Written by an international team of experts.
  • Examines Britain's position from the perspective of other European nations.
See More
"This superb work by leading historian of the period provides a series of introductions to the most important themes for study. The authors bring the most up to date scholarship to bear in their work. Readable, sensible, perceptive and intelligent. If there is one book to use for this century, this is it."
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"If this volume is any indication, the series will be successful. Dickinson has collected an array of prominent historians to digest and briefly discuss the trends in their respective fields. This is a collection of essays that most students will find exceptionally useful, and most faculty members will appreciate: Highly recommended."
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