A Polite and Commercial People

A Polite and Commercial People : England 1727-1783

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Drawing on up-to-date research, this volume in The New Oxford History of England is the most authoritative and comprehensive general history of England between the accession of George II and the loss of the American colonies. Delving beneath the surface serenity of the age of elegance, Paul Langford reveals a world of simmering discontent in which evangelical enthusiasm clashed with scientific rationalism, aristocratic government with popular insubordination, industrial and imperial expansion with plebian poverty, and sentimentality with utilitarian reform.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 840 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 48.26mm | 1,088.62g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line drawings, tables
  • 0192852531
  • 9780192852533
  • 611,097

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...fascinating...carried through with great skill and clarity...the summaries of historical controversies are judicious and well-informed * Observer *show more

About Paul Langford

Provost of Lincoln College, Oxfordshow more

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It is the story of a transformation, or rather a series of transformations. Politeness and commerce were already hackneyed terms in the 1730s, and Blackstone's expression would still have seemed appropriate in the 1780s.show more

Table of contents

Robin's reign, 1727-1742; the progress of politeness; industry and idleness; patriotism unmasked, 1742-1757; salvation by faith; the fortunate isle; patriotism restored, 1757-1770; new improvements; the birth of sensibility; Britannia's distress, 1770-1783; macaroni manners; opulence and glory; this happy constitution.show more

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