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Debating England's Aristocracy in the 1790s: Pamphlets, Polemics and Political Ideas

Goodrich, Amanda (2005). Debating England's Aristocracy in the 1790s: Pamphlets, Polemics and Political Ideas. The Royal HIstorical Society Studies in History. Woodbridge, U.K.: The Boydell Press.

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The 1790s saw a lively 'French Revolution Debate' which has engendered considerable controversy amongst historians. Within the debate, classic texts, most notably those by Burke and Paine, and ensuing pamphlet literature devoted much space and intellectual energy to characterisations and ideological representations of the aristocracy. Yet this is the first full scale survey of the subject.

Dr Goodrich takes a fresh approach to the controversy, illustrating the complexities of the bitter battle fought out in such pamphlets between radicals and loyalists, and highlighting the persistent viciousness of radical anti-aristocratic rhetoric.

The book argues that the loyalist response contained the more innovative arguments, bringing out the development of a commercial loyalism which promoted a new model of society with a modern aristocracy and an open elite. What emerges are English defences of aristocracy which are not simply reducible to ideas of an ancien regime or a Gothic institution.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 2005 The Author
ISBN: 0-86193-275-7, 978-0-86193-275-7
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetAHRB part-time PhD funding (4 years)
Not SetNot SetScouloudi Foundation in association with the Institute of Historical Research
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Item ID: 27330
Depositing User: Amanda Goodrich
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2011 15:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2011 15:30
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