English Society, 1660-1832

English Society, 1660-1832

Religion, Ideology and Politics During the Ancien Regime

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This is a revised and extensively rewritten edition of a work first published in 1985 as English Society 1688-1832. That book arrived at the opening of a new phase in English historiography, which questioned much of the received picture of English society as secular, modernising, contractarian, and middle class; it began the recovery of the 'long eighteenth century', the period which saw a form of state defined by the close relationship of monarchy, aristocracy and church. In particular, it placed religion at the centre of social and intellectual life, and used ecclesiastical history to illuminate many historical themes more commonly examined in a secular framework. In its updated form, this book reinforces these theses with new evidence, which extends its arguments into fresh areas of enquiry.
Publisher: Cambridge, [England] : Cambridge University Press, 2000
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780521666275
Branch Call Number: 320.941/CLA 4565 1
Additional Contributors: Paine, Thomas 1737-1809
Clark, J. C. D.
Alternative Title: The nature of the Old Order
Constructing the ancien regime
The Confessional State
Characterising English society
From Restoration to Reconciliation, 1660-1760
The long shadow of a war of religion
The definition of a New Order
Church before State : the Revolution of 1688
The transformation of Divine Right ideology, 1745-1760
The social and ideological premises of the Old Order
The canon of political theory and its contexts, Locke to Mill
Class, gender and the critique of a hierarchical society
Politeness, consumerism and the social theory of the elite
National identity : the matrix of Church and State, 1760-1815
Why the English increasingly defined their state as a monarchy in the age of republican revolution
The state as monarchy : how constitutional controversy focused on the sovereign from Blackstone to Holland House
The state as Anglican ascendancy : why political theology remained so important, 1760-1793
Why Methodism and Evangelicalism sustained the hegemony of Anglican political theology, 1760-1832
The strange rebirth of Anglican hegemony, 1789-1815
Before radicalism : the religious origins of disaffection, 1688-1800
Why were men alienated from the Old Society?
Some theoretical roots of alienation : Deism, Arianism, Sociniansim
Theological heterodoxy and the structures of government
The failure of heterodoxy, 1714-1754
John Wilkes and the revival of heterodoxy in the Church of England, 1745-1774
Dissent and its aims, 1714-1775
The negation of theocratic authority : Thomas Paine
The origins of democratic theory : Richard Price, Joseph Priestley and William Godwin
"The religion of Europe" : the resurgence of heterodoxy, 1772-1800
The Old Order on the eve of its demise : slow erosion
The ideology of the Old Society
The impact of the Industrial Revolution
Democracy, demography, dissent
From "Radical reform" to "Raldicalism" : the framing of a new critique
The end of the Protestant Constitution, 1800-1832 : sudden collapse
From the ancient constitution to the Protestant constitution
Why Reform was not seen as inevitable, 1800-1815
The defence of the Protestant Constitution, 1815-1827
"A revolution gradually accomplished", 1827-1832
"The supreme debate" : consequences of the Reform Act


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