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Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? England 1783-1846

ISBN-10: 0199218919

ISBN-13: 9780199218912

Edition: 2008

Authors: Boyd Hilton

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This was a transformative period in English history. In 1783 the country was at one of the lowest points in its fortunes, having just lost its American colonies in warfare. By 1846 it was once more a great imperial nation, as well as the world's strongest power and dominant economy, havingbenefited from what has sometimes (if misleadingly) been called the 'first industrial revolution'. In the meantime it survived a decade of invasion fears, and emerged victorious from more than twenty years of 'war to the death' against Napoleonic France. But if Britain's external fortunes were inthe ascendant, the situation at home remained fraught with peril. The country's population was growing at a rate not experienced by any comparable former society, and its manufacturing towns especially were mushrooming into filthy, disease-ridden, gin-sodden hell-holes, in turn provoking thephantasmagoria of a mad, bad, and dangerous people. It is no wonder that these years should have experienced the most prolonged period of social unrest since the seventeenth century, or that the elite should have been in constant fear of a French-style revolution in England. The governing classes responded to these new challenges and by the mid-nineteenth century the seeds of a settled two-party system and of a more socially interventionist state were both in evidence, though it would have been far too soon to say at that stage whether those seeds would take permanentroot. Another consequence of these tensions was the intellectual engagement with society, as for example in the Romantic Movement, a literary phenomenon that brought English culture to the forefront of European attention for the first time. At the same time the country experienced the greatreligious revival, loosely described under the heading 'evangelicalism'. Slowly but surely, the raffish and rakish style of eighteenth-century society, having reached a peak in the Regency, then succumbed to the new norms of respectability popularly known as 'Victorianism'.
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 784
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 1.51" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

List of Plates
List of Figures and Maps
List of Tables
Abbreviations
England 1783-1846: A Preview
The Economy: Crisis and Survival
An Old or New Regime?
The Politics of Theatre and the Theatre of Politics
Politics in the Time of Pitt and Fox, 1783-1807
The Launching of Pitt and the Destruction of Fox
Party Government or Broad Bottom?
The French Revolution and Political Realignment
'Pitt's Terror'
Irish Problems
French Wars
The Fall of Pitt
Peace and War
Pittism and Plutocracy: The Social and Psychological Foundations
Court Whigs, Country Whigs, and the Conservative Reaction
Virtuous Economics
A New Vision of Government
Class Distinctions and Rentier Capitalism
The Late Hanoverian Aristocracy: Domination or Accommodation?
Commerce and the Quasi-Professions
Business Classes
Producers and Dealers: The Makings of a Lesser-Middle Class?
Civic Cultures: A Literary and Philosophical People
The Evangelical Revival
Slavery and National Mission: The Politics of Virtue
The Politics of Pittism: Rhetoric and Reality
Politics in the Time of Liverpool and Canning, 1807-1827
The Development of Two-Party Politics?
The Narrative Resumed: All-Out Warfare
Liberation and Liberalism
Victory, the Second Empire, and a Mistaken Case of National Identity
'A Malady of Peace': The Foundations of Monetary Policy
Rethinking the Corn Laws
The Squires' Revolt
'Never a Controversial Cabinet': Lord Liverpool's System of Politics
The Reshuffle of 1821-1823 and the Origins of Cabinet Government
Divided Cabinets: Foreign and Economic Policies
Ruling Ideologies
'A Love of System'
Liberal Toryism versus High Toryism
Utilitarianism
Natural Theology in a Fallen World
The Paradoxes of Political Economy
Philosophic Whiggism
The Status of Women and Ideas about Gender
The Crisis of the Old Order, 1827-1832
Coalition and the Canningite Flame
The Goderich File
The First Blow: Test and Corporation Act Repeal
The Second Blow: Catholic Emancipation
The Emancipation of Peel
Money and the Millennium
Ultra Tory Backlash
The Fall of the Pittite Regime
The Struggle for Reform
A Middle-Class Bill, or a case of Landed Reaction?
The Status of the Borough Freeholders
Split Voting, Straight Voting, and Plumping
Contesting Mechanical Philosophy
The Evolutionary Moment: The Scientific Threat to Belief
From Romantic Science to Peelite Compromise
From Unitarianism to Liberal Anglicanism
The Oxford Movement
The Middle Ages, the 'Olden Time', and Ideas of Nation
From Romanticism to Socialism
Politics in the Time of Melbourne and Peel, 1833-1846
From Reform to Repeal: The Narrative Resumed
The Analysis Resumed: Party Politics without Parties
The Politics of Militant Dissent
Clouds in the West
Towards Free Trade: 'Mighty Athlete' or 'Wounded Giant'?
Towards the Pax Britannica
Imperial Onset
The Condition and Reconditioning of England
Social Crisis
The Origins of Social Policy
'System, Method, Science, Economy': Defining the Liberal State
Chartism
Class and Community
Mad Metropolis
Afterwards: 'There are no Barbarians any Longer'
Chronology
Bibliography
Index