A Polite and Commercial People: England 1727-1783

Paperback | September 1, 1989

byPaul Langford

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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, andsentimentality with utilitarian reform.

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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.

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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 disconte...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:832 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.69 inPublished:September 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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.

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`Polished and provocative.' Roy Porter, New Statesman and Society