Civil Histories: Essays Presented to Sir Keith Thomas

Hardcover | May 1, 2000

EditorPeter Burke, Brian Harrison, Paul Slack

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Sir Keith Thomas is one of the most innovative and influential of English historians, and a scholar of unusual range. These essays, presented to him on his retirement as President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, concentrate on one of the broad themes illuminated by his work - changingnotions of civility in the past. From the sixteenth century onwards, civility was a term applied to modes of behaviour as well as to cultural and civic attributes. Its influence extended from styles of language and sexual mores to funeral ceremonies and commercial morality. It was used todistinguish the civil from the barbarous and the English from the Irish and Welsh, and to banish superstition and justify imperialism. The contributors - distinguished historians who have been Keith Thomas's pupils - illustrate the many implications of civility in the early modern period and itsshifts of meaning down to the twentieth century.

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Sir Keith Thomas is one of the most innovative and influential of English historians, and a scholar of unusual range. These essays, presented to him on his retirement as President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, concentrate on one of the broad themes illuminated by his work - changingnotions of civility in the past. From the sixte...

Peter Burke is a Professor of Cultural History at University of Cambridge. Paul Slack is a Principal of Linacre College and Professor of Early Modern Social History at the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. The Editors: Keith Thomas2. Peter Burke: A Civil Tongue: Language and Politeness in Early Modern Europe3. Euan Cameron: Civilized Religion from Renaissance to Reformation and Counter-Reformation4. Ralph Houlbrooke: Civility and Civil Observances in the Early Modern English Funeral5. Martin Ingram: Sexual Manners: The Other Face of Civility in Early Modern England6. Sara Mendelson: The Civility of Women in Seventeenth-Century England7. Mark S R Jenner: Civilization and Deodorization? Smell in Early Modern English Culture8. Alan Macfarlane: Civility and the Decline of Magic9. Paul Slack: Perceptions of the Metropolis in Seventeenth-Century England10. Jonathan Barry: Civility and Civic Culture in Early Modern England: The Meanings of Urban Freedom11. Bernard Capp: Arson, Threats of Arson, and Incivility in Early Modern England12. J A Sharpe: Civility, Civilizing Processes, and the End of Public Punishment in England13. Robin Briggs: From the German Forests to Civil Society: The Frankish Myth and the Ancient Constitution in France14. Ian Bostridge: Music, Reason, and Politeness: Magic and Witchcraft in the Career of George Fredric Handel15. Prys Morgan: Wild Wales: Civilizing the Welsh from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries16. Leslie Hannah: The Moral Economy of Business: A Historical Perspective on Ethics and Efficiency17. Paul Johnson: Civilizing Mammon: Laws, Morals, and the City in Nineteenth-Century England18. John Darwin: Civility and Empire19. Brian Harrison: The Public and the Private in Modern Britain20. Giles Mandelbrote: The Published Writings of Keith Thomas, 1957-1998

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`Peter Burke, Brian Harrison and Paul Slack have achieved the rare feat of persuading the contributors to address a particular theme: that of "civility". It is an appropriate theme, not only with regard to Thomas's scholarly interests, but also in relation to the man himself.'Keith Wrightson, TLS