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Dismembering the Body Politic Partisan Politics in England's Towns, 1650-1730

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ISBN-10: 0521526043

ISBN-13: 9780521526043

Edition: 2002

Authors: Paul D. Halliday, Anthony Fletcher, John Guy, John Morrill

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This is a major survey of how towns were governed in late Stuart and early Hanoverian England. A new kind of politics emerged out of Englands Civil War: partisan politics. This happened first in the corporations governing the towns, and not at Parliament as is usually argued. Based on an examination of the records of scores of corporations, this book explains how war unleashed a cycle of purge and counter-purge which continued for decades. It also explains how a society that feared a system of politics based on division found the means to absorb it peacefully. As conflict sharpened in communities everywhere, local competitors turned to the court of Kings Bench to resolve their differences.…    
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Paul D. Halliday is Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

List of abbreviations
Corporate Ideal and Partisan Reality
The paradox of partisan politics
'The best of politics'
From purge to purge: Civil War, Interregnum, and Restoration in the corporations
Partisan politics, 1663-1682
The King and his Corporations, 1660-1688
The corporations and their charters, 1660-1682
Quo warranto and the King's corporations, 1682-1685
Revolution in the corporations, 1685-1688
Partisan Conflict and the Law in a Dynamic Society
The legacy of the 1680s
Partisan conflict and political stability, 1702-1727
1660, 1688, 1727, and beyond
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