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English society, 1660-1832 : religion, ideology, and politics during the ancien regime
Clark, J. C. D.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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xii, 580 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Rev. ed. of: English society, 1688-1832. 1985.

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Central Library JN175 .C58 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the nature of the Old Order
1 From restoration to reconciliation, 1660âÇô1760
2 The social and ideological premises of the old order
3 National identity: the matrix of Church and State
4 Before radicalism: the religious origins of disaffection, 1688âÇô1800
5 The old order on the eve of its demise: slow erosion
6 The end of the Protestant constitution, 1800âÇô1832: sudden collapse

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