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Representation and Misrepresentation in Later Stuart Britain Partisanship and Political Culture

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ISBN-10: 0199258341

ISBN-13: 9780199258345

Edition: 2006

Authors: Mark Knights

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In this original and illuminating study, Mark Knights reveals how the political culture of the eighteenth century grew out of earlier trends and innovations. Arguing that the period 1675-1720 needs to be seen as the second stage of a seventeenth-century revolution that ran on until c.1720, the book traces the development of the public as an arbiter of politics, the growth of a national political culture, the shift towards a representative society, a crisis of public discourse and credibility, and a political enlightenment rooted in local and national partisan conflict. The 'public' acquired a new status in the later Stuart period as a result of frequent elections, the lapse of pre-publication licensing, the emergence of party politics, the creation of a public debt and ideological conflict over popular sovereignty. These factors enlarged the role of the public and required it to make frequent acts of judgement. Yet contemporaries from across the political spectrum feared that the public might be misled by the misrepresentations peddled by their rivals. Each side, and those ostensibly of no side, discerned a culture of passion, slander, libel, lies, hypocrisy, dissimulation, conspiracy, private languages and fictions. 'Truth' appeared an ambiguous, political matter. But the reaction to partisanship was also creative, for it helped to construct an ideal form of political discourse. This was one based on reason rather than passion, on politeness rather than incivility, on moderation rather than partisan zeal, on critical reading rather than credulity; and the realisation of those ideals rested on infrequent rather than frequent elections. Finding synergies between social, political, religious, scientific, literary, cultural and intellectual history, 'Representation and Misrepresentation' reinvigorates the debate about the emergence of 'the public sphere' in the later Stuart period.
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Book details

List price: $74.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430

#60;b#62;Mark Knights#60;/b#62; is Professor of History at the University of Warwick. His research focuses on political culture in the early modern period. His most recent publication, #60;i#62;The Devil in Disguise: Deception, Delusion and Fanaticism in the Early English Enlightenment#60;/i#62; (2011), includes a chapter about the Sacheverell trial.

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