English Society, 1660-1832

Religion, Ideology and Politics During the Ancien Régime

Author: Jonathan Charles Douglas Clark,J. C. D. Clark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521666275

Category: History

Page: 580

View: 1824

An extensively revised edition of a classic of modern historiography.

Law and Politics in British Colonial Thought

Transpositions of Empire

Author: S. Dorsett,I. Hunter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230114385

Category: History

Page: 276

View: 928

A collection that focuses on the role of European law in colonial contexts and engages with recent treatments of this theme in known works written largely from within the framework of postcolonial studies, which implicitly discuss colonial deployments of European law and politics via the concept of ideology.

The Old Enemies

Catholic and Protestant in Nineteenth-Century English Culture

Author: Michael Wheeler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521828104

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 3866

Divisions between Catholics and Protestants have been a feature of English history since the Reformation. Even into the industrial nineteenth century, age-old theological disagreements were the cause of religious and cultural conflicts. Originally published in 2006, The Old Enemies asks why these ancient divisions were so deep, why they continued into the nineteenth century and how novelists and poets, theologians and preachers, historians and essayists reinterpreted the religious debates. Michael Wheeler, a leading authority on the literature and theology of the period, explains how each side misunderstood the other's deeply held beliefs about history, authority, doctrine and spirituality, and, conversely, how these theological conflicts were a source of inspiration and creativity in the arts. This wide-ranging, well-illustrated study sheds light on nineteenth-century history, literature and religion.

The Politics of Samuel Johnson

Author: J. Clark,H. Erskine-Hill

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137265329

Category: Political Science

Page: 235

View: 3520

A major academic controversy has raged in recent years over the analysis of the political and religious commitments of Samuel Johnson, the most commanding of the 'commanding heights' of eighteenth-century English letters. This book, one of a trilogy from Palgrave, brings that debate to a decisive conclusion, retrieving the 'historic Johnson.'

Atheism and Deism Revalued

Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, 1650-1800

Author: Assoc Prof Diego Lucci,Dr Jeffrey R Wigelsworth,Professor Wayne Hudson

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472407261

Category: History

Page: 250

View: 9059

Given the central role played by religion in early-modern Britain, it is perhaps surprising that historians have not always paid close attention to the shifting and nuanced subtleties of terms used in religious controversies. In this collection particular attention is focussed upon two of the most contentious of these terms: ‘atheism’ and ‘deism’, terms that have shaped significant parts of the scholarship on the Enlightenment. This volume argues that in the seventeenth and eighteenth century atheism and deism involved fine distinctions that have not always been preserved by later scholars. The original deployment and usage of these terms were often more complicated than much of the historical scholarship suggests. Indeed, in much of the literature static definitions are often taken for granted, resulting in depictions of the past constructed upon anachronistic assumptions. Offering reassessments of the historical figures most associated with ‘atheism’ and ‘deism’ in early modern Britain, this collection opens the subject up for debate and shows how the new historiography of deism changes our understanding of heterodox religious identities in Britain from 1650 to 1800. It problematises the older view that individuals were atheist or deists in a straightforward sense and instead explores the plurality and flexibility of religious identities during this period. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, the volume enriches the debate about heterodoxy, offering new perspectives on a range of prominent figures and providing an overview of major changes in the field.

The Tory World

Deep History and the Tory Theme in British Foreign Policy, 1679-2014

Author: Jeremy Black

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472414306

Category: History

Page: 412

View: 1975

Political decisions are never taken in a vacuum but are shaped both by current events and historical context. In other words, long-term developments and patterns in which the accumulated memory of what came earlier, can greatly (and sometimes subconsciously) influence subsequent policy choices. Working forward from the later seventeenth century, this book explores the ‘deep history’ of the changing and competing understandings within the Tory party of the role Britain has aspired to play on a world stage. Conservatism has long been one of the major British political tendencies, committed to the defence of established institutions, with a strong sense of the ‘national interest’, and embracing both ‘liberal’ and ‘authoritarian’ views of empire. The Tory party has, moreover, at several times been deeply divided, if not convulsed, by different perspectives on Britain’s international orientation and different positions on foreign and imperial policy. Underlying Tory beliefs upon which views of Britain’s global role were built were often not stated but assumed. As a result they tend to be obscured from historical view. This book seeks to recover and reconsider those beliefs, and to understand how the Tory party has sought to navigate its way through the difficult pathways of foreign and imperial politics, and why this determination outlasted Britain’s rapid decolonisation and was apparently remarkably little affected by it. With a supporting cast from Pitt to Disraeli, Churchill to Thatcher, the book provides a fascinating insight into the influence of history over politics. Moreover it argues that there has been an inherent politicisation of the concept of national interests, such that strategic culture and foreign policy cannot be understood other than in terms of a historically distorted political debate.

A Blessed Company

Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776

Author: John K. Nelson

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807875104

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 607

In this book, John Nelson reconstructs everyday Anglican religious practice and experience in Virginia from the end of the seventeenth century to the start of the American Revolution. Challenging previous characterizations of the colonial Anglican establishment as weak, he reveals the fundamental role the church played in the political, social, and economic as well as the spiritual lives of its parishioners. Drawing on extensive research in parish and county records and other primary sources, Nelson describes Anglican Virginia's parish system, its parsons, its rituals of worship and rites of passage, and its parishioners' varied relationships to the church. All colonial Virginians--men and women, rich and poor, young and old, planters and merchants, servants and slaves, dissenters and freethinkers--belonged to a parish. As such, they were subject to its levies, its authority over marriage, and other social and economic dictates. In addition to its religious functions, the parish provided essential care for the poor, collaborated with the courts to handle civil disputes, and exerted its influence over many other aspects of community life. A Blessed Company demonstrates that, by creatively adapting Anglican parish organization and the language, forms, and modes of Anglican spirituality to the Chesapeake's distinctive environmental and human conditions, colonial Virginians sustained a remarkably effective and faithful Anglican church in the Old Dominion.

The Writers Directory

Author: Miranda H. Ferrara

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, American

Page: 999

View: 4561


Thomas Hare and political representation in Victorian Britain

Author: F. D. Parsons

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780230221994

Category: History

Page: 287

View: 6653

This book is a history of the emergence and development of the concept of proportional representation and its relation to political theory within the context of nineteenth-century British party politics focusing on Thomas Hare (1806-1891).

Science and Dissent in England, 1688-1945

Author: Paul Wood

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754637189

Category: History

Page: 274

View: 3715

Science and Dissent in England, 1688-1945 presents essays by internationally recognised experts on the relationships between puritanism, dissent, nonconformity and science in England. It reassesses the topic, and develops a better sense of the role played by dissenting protestants in the pursuit of science and technology in England from the Glorious Revolution to the end of the Second World War. By bringing together scholars from different periods, Science and Dissent in England, 1688-1945 develops a unique overview, exploring the continuities and discontinuities between scientific inquiry and dissenting Protestantism in England, which provides a fresh perspective on the subject.

Religion and politics in Enlightenment Europe

Author: James E. Bradley,Dale K. Van Kley

Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr

ISBN: 9780268040512

Category: History

Page: 409

View: 6181

Religion and Politics in Enlightenment Europe, a collection of original essays from leading scholars, demonstrates that the collapse of the post-Reformation confessional state was more the result of religious dissent from within, much of it orthodox, than attacks of an anti-religious Enlightenment. In sharp contrast to the Reformation-era religious conflicts which tended to pit Protestant and Catholic confessions and states against each other, the eighteenth-century religious conflicts described in Religion and Politics in Enlightenment Europe took place within the various confessional establishments and states that founded and maintained them, such as Russian Orthodoxy in the East and the Anglican Establishment in England and Ireland. In the course of its analysis, Religion and Politics in Enlightenment Europe destroys the notion of any kind of privileged relationship between "religion" and political or social "reaction." This book reveals the religious roots of modern ideas of individual rights and limitations on government, as well as the imperative of political order and the need for social hierarchy. It also shows the impossibility of any purely secular treatment of eighteenth-century European political history or institutions. Based on fresh, primary research as well as a synthesis of secondary sources, Religion and Politics in Enlightenment Europe turns the familiar eighteenth century of the textbooks upside down and inside out, challenging the dominant narratives of secularization and inevitable conclusion in the French Revolution.

Burns the Radical

Poetry and Politics in Late Eighteenth-century Scotland

Author: Liam McIlvanney

Publisher: Tuckwell Press

ISBN: 9781862321779

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

View: 6411

This study of poet Robert Burns's politics uncovers the intellectual context of the poet's political radicalism. Burns is revealed as a sophisticated political poet whose work draws on the democratic, contractarian ideology of Scottish Presbyterianism; the English and Irish Real Whig tradition; and the political theory of the Scottish Enlightenment. Casting new light on the poet's education and his early reading, this book provides detailed new readings of Burns's major poems and offers research on his links with Irish poets and radicals, providing a major reinterpretation of the man who is coming to be recognized as the poet laureate of the radical Enlightenment.

Literary politics

British literature and public debate: 1760-1820

Author: Jonathan Ewell,The University of Wisconsin - Madison

Publisher: ProQuest


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 281

View: 9547

Focusing on texts written during several high-profile public controversies of the late 18th-century and Romantic period in order to map the intersections between literary aesthetics and the politics of popular discourse, this dissertation argues that such texts became a primary vehicle for understanding public writing and Britain's diverse, contentious and expanding reading audiences. I argue that contemporary writers understood public debate as a complex discourse, sitting at the convergence of several distinct areas of cultural activity: it was a forum in which literary, political, and philosophical ideals were all forced to adapt to the expectations of a continuously changing public audience. Thus, my dissertation conceives of the literary practice of public debate as both a medium for political exchange and an aesthetic proving ground, arguing that it facilitated the practical and ideological changes in writers' attitudes toward public discourse required for the development of new, publicly oriented, and highly politicized literature.

Science and Whig Manners

Science and Political Style in Britain, C.1790-1850

Author: Joe Bord

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780230574847

Category: History

Page: 213

View: 1125

Approaching the intersection of politics and science from the perspective of political history, this book looks at how nineteenth-century British Whigs used the themes of natural science to signal their identities, and how their devotion to a culture of liberality helped to define them. It offers a fresh take on a central theme in Victorian politics.

The English deists

studies in early Enlightenment

Author: Wayne Hudson

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Ltd


Category: History

Page: 204

View: 3663


Making History Now and Then

Discoveries, Controversies and Explorations

Author: David Cannadine

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230218895

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 6331

This book brings together David Cannadine's most important reflections on how history has been written and made in Britain in the twentieth century. Empire, monarchy, parliament, the economy, culture, heritage and tradition: Cannadine casts his eye over some of the central topics of our age and their treatment by historians down the years, delivering rich insights into the nature and profession of history itself. Most of the essays included here were produced during his decade-long association with the Institute of Historical Research in London and they are framed by his inaugural and valedictory lectures there. The result is a remarkably coherent collection, which demonstrates yet again why Cannadine is one of the most thoughtful, original, incisive and readable historians of our time.