An Open Elite?: England 1540-1880

Paperback | September 1, 1990

byLawrence Stone, Jeanne C. Fawtier Stone

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An Open Elite? sets out to test the traditional view that for centuries English landed society has been open to new families made rich by business or public office. From a detailed examination of the landed elites of three counties between 1540 and 1880, the authors come to radical newconclusions about the landed classes. They describe the strategies of marriage and inheritance evolved by older families to preserve their position, and establish that the number of newcomers was always relatively small. The resulting work is a major reassessment of the social, economic, andpolitical history of England since the Reformation. This abridged edition of what was immediately recognized as a major work of historical scholarship was first published in 1986 and is now available in Clarendon Paperback with a new foreword by Lawrence Stone.

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An Open Elite? sets out to test the traditional view that for centuries English landed society has been open to new families made rich by business or public office. From a detailed examination of the landed elites of three counties between 1540 and 1880, the authors come to radical newconclusions about the landed classes. They descri...

Until his retirement Director of Shelby Cullom David Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, Lawrence Stone remains one of the best-known historians in the world. For OUP he is the author of the trilogy Road to Divorce (1990, OPB 1995), Uncertain Unions (1992, OPB 1995), and Broken Lives (1993, OPB 1995), and also The C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:September 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198206070

ISBN - 13:9780198206071

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`The most important, exciting, and original book on the English landed elite to have appeared since The Crisis of the Aristocracy. There can be ho higher praise than that.'David Cannadine, New York Review of Books