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Author Holmes, Geoffrey S

Title The Age of Oligarchy : Pre-Industrial Britain 1722-1783
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (456 pages)
Series Foundations of Modern Britain
Foundations of modern Britain.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of maps; Editor's foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Note on dating and quotations; List of abbreviations; Dedication; Part One: The Age of Walpole, 1722-1746; Framework of Events; 1 The hegemony of Sir Robert Walpole; 2 The politics of oligarchy: I -- Monarchy and aristocracy; 3 The politics of oligarchy: II -- Commons, parties and people; 4 Foreign policy in the age of Walpole: trade, the succession and the balance of power, 1714-1748; 5 The Walpole regime and Britain; 6 Catholicism and Jacobitism, 1689-1746
14 Prosperity, culture and the pursuit of leisure15 The Scottish revival; 16 Ireland: from the Williamite settlement to 'Grattan's Parliament'; Part Three: Power Imperial: Triumph and Disaster, 1746-1783; Framework of Events; 17 The contest for trade and empire, 1746-1763; 18 The Pelhams, public opinion and the last rites of 'party', 1746-1760; 19 The political system under stress: George III and the politicians, 1760-1774; 20 Lord North, the influence of the crown and the re-birth of 'party', 1770-1783; 21 The isolation of a great power and the loss of America, 1763-1783
22 Wilkes, 'Liberty' and the stirrings of reform, 1762-1785Conclusion; Compendium of Information; A Glossary; B Population and social structure; B.1: Estimated population of England and Wales at decadal intervals 1721-81; B.2: The urban population of England and Wales: estimated growth of some leading towns, 1660-1792; B.3: Some estimates of the population of Ireland and Scotland, 1678-1801; B.4: Years of epidemics and heavy mortality in England; B.5: Social structure and income distribution in England and Wales, 1688 and 1760: the contemporary views of Gregory King and Joseph Massie
7 Erastianism and reason: the Church in the England of Walpole and the Pelhams8 Methodism and evangelicalism: the first phase; Part Two: Britain in The Eighteenth Century; 9 Society and the economy in the eighteenth century: I -- Population and the land, c. 1720-c. 1780; 10 Society and the economy in the eighteenth century: II -- Commerce and the professions, c. 1720-c. 1780; 11 Society and the economy in the eighteenth century: III -- Industry and labour, c. 1720-c. 1780; 12 Popular protest and public authority; 13 Literacy, education and the power of the pen
C Monarchs and PretendersC. 1: The houses of Stuart and Hanover; C.2: Reigning monarchs; C.3: Stuart Pretenders to the British throne; D Leading government office-holders, 1722-83; D.1: Heads of the Treasury; D.2: Secretaries of State; D.3: Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal, 1722-83; D.4: Chancellors of the Exchequer, 1722-83; D.5: Scottish Secretaries of State, 1709-46; D.6: Other civil offices held by important politicians, 1722-82; E Parliament; E.1: Results of General Elections in Britain, 1715-84: (i) 1715-54; (ii) 1761-84; E.2: Dates of parliamentary sessions, 1722-84
Summary The second volume, on early and mid-Georgian Britain, shows how the country used its expanding wealth, its new-found social cohesion at home and its international influence abroad to become not only a European but an imperial power. As with the first volume, every aspect of the period is covered
Notes F The constitution: statutes, bills and proposals
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Subject HISTORY -- Europe -- Great Britain.
Politics and government
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1714-1760.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1760-1789.
Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
Author Szechi, Daniel.
ISBN 131789426X