Albion Ascendant: English History 1660-1815

Paperback | June 1, 1998

byWilfrid Prest

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Between the restoration of Charles II and the battle of Waterloo, England gradually emerged as the core nation of the most formidable superpower the world had yet seen. Wilfrid Prest investigates this remarkable transformation from domestic instability and external weakness to global,economic, and military predominance. Geographically, the main focus is on England and Wales, but Prest also analyses the broader British context, discussing the role played by Ireland and Scotland, as well as the interrelations between England, Europe, and the wider world. He examines the lives ofordinary people as well as the ruling elite, and explores the distinctive nature of women's experiences, allowing the voices of the past to speak directly to the modern reader. The result is a lively, up-to-date, and comprehensive overview of Britain's 'long eighteenth century'. It will remain astandard text on the subject for many years to come.

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Between the restoration of Charles II and the battle of Waterloo, England gradually emerged as the core nation of the most formidable superpower the world had yet seen. Wilfrid Prest investigates this remarkable transformation from domestic instability and external weakness to global,economic, and military predominance. Geographically...

Wilfrid Prest is at University of Adelaide.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Part I: Restoration England 1660-16681. England and the English:- Time, land, people; Getting and spending; Hierarchies; Government; Church and dissent; Culture and Ideas; England, Britain, Europe, and the wider world2. Settlement Deferred:- Restoration, accommodation, demobilization; Cavaliers, conspirators, dissenters; Charles II and the crisis of 1666-1667; Unstable alliances, 1668-1677; Popish plot, reaction and proscription; James II, 1685-1688: a threat to Church and state?; William of Orange and theProtestant windPart II: Post-Revolutionary England, 1689-17153. Glorious Revolution?:- Revolutionary practice and principles; Crown and parliament; Law, liberty, and toleration: how much and for whom?; Historians and the revolution4. The Rage of Party:- Political assumptions, ideologies, structures; War and peace, 1689-1701; Queen Anne and a Church Militant, 1702-1710; Jacobitism and the Protestant succession, 1710-17155. War and the State:- Revolution, diplomacy, and war; The sinews of war; The state's servants; Great Britain as a world power6. Trade and the Towns:- Commercial revolution; Middling orders; Urbanity: London and the provinces; Economic concepts and calculationsPart III: Great Britain: Liberty and Property, 1707-17457. The State of the Union:- Defoe's England; Wales; Scotland; Ireland8. From Party Strife to One-Party Rule:- The Elector of Hanover, King George I; The Venetian oligarchy inaugurated; Parliamentary management; Opposition, war, and Walpole's fall; Crown and parliament - who ruled Britain?9. Religious Belief and Practice:- Church and chapel; Latitudarianism and freethinking; `Serving the Designes of Enthusiasm'; Confessional state or secularizing society?10. Production and Consumption:- The Landed interest - depression and improvement; Manufactures and manufacturing; consumers and consumerism; Government and the economyPart IV: Empires Won and Lost, 1746-178811. People:- Population growth; The common people; `The upper part of mankind'; Childhood; Education and literacy; Love and marriage; Minorities12. Politics, Popularity, and Patriotism:- The old corps: Pelham and Newcastle; Willliam Pitt and the war with France; A new reign, a new politics?; `Wilkes and Liberty!'13. Ruling Institutions:- Blackstone and the rules of law; Crime and punishment; The Established Church, dissent and disability14. Burdens and Fruits of Empire:- Attitudes to Empire; George III, Lord North, and the American Revolution; The strains of war; Ireland - patriots and volunteers; Pitt and recovery; India and the East; The Pacific15. Sense and Sensibility:- The British Enlightenment; Science and medicine; Good works; Humanity and naturePart V: Economic Expansion and Diversification, 1750-181516. Industrializing England:- Historiography; Feeding the people; Infrastructure - canals and turnpikes; Power; Industry and invention; Trade; banking and finance; Law, policy, and the State; Organization of work and workers; Labour and capital; Standards of living; Regional and national dimensions;Revolution or evolution?Part VI: Reform, Revolution, Reaction, 1789-181517. Radicals, Reformers, and the French Revolution, 1789-1793:- Radical and reformist traditions; `Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive'; Burke and Paine; Jacobins and Loyalists18. The Last French Wars, 1793-1815:- Mobilization and repression; Dearth and famine, discontent and mutiny; Ireland: rebellion and union; A peace to be glad of; World wide war; Victory and misery19. Retrospect and Conclusion:- Change and Continuity, 1660-1815; The Peculiarities of the EnglishAppendices: Monarchs and First Ministers, 1660-1815; Main British Colonies and Overseas Posessions, 1660-1815ChronologyFurther ReadingIndex

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Prest offers some telling and nice observations. Many students will be grateful for the help he provides in finding ways through the murky shoals of long-standing debates about the industrial revolution. Bob Harris, University of Dundee/History