The State and Social Change in Early Modern England, 1550-1640

The State and Social Change in Early Modern England, 1550-1640

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This is a study of the social and cultural implications of the growth of governance in England in the century after 1550. It is principally concerned with the role played by the middling sort in social and political regulation, especially through the use of the law. It discusses the evolution of public policy in the context of contemporary understandings, of economic change; and analyses litigation, arbitration, social welfare, criminal justice, moral regulation and parochial analyses administration as manifestations of the increasing role of the state in early modern England.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 20.32mm | 443g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Gordonsville, United States
  • English
  • 2002 ed.
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white; XI, 338 p. 1 illus.
  • 1403900469
  • 9781403900463
  • 1,547,115

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction: The State and Local Society Social Change and Public Policy The Provision of Perogative Justice The Keeping of the Public Peace The Execution of Criminal Justice The Enforcement of Social Policy The Reformation of Manners The Governance of the Parish Conclusion: The Making of a Political Culture Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index
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"In this provocative and well-argued study Steve Hindle calls for a fundamental change..." -- "Seventeenth-Century News"
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About Steve Hindle

STEVE HINDLE was educated in Cambridge and Minneapolis. He was research fellow in history at Girton College, Cambridge 1991-93 and is currently Warwick Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Warwick. He won the John Nicholls prize in local history awarded by the University of Leicester in 1995 and the Alexander Prize awarded by the Royal Historical Society in 1997.
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