Whigs and Cities: Popular Politics in the Age of Walpole and Pitt

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byNicholas Rogers

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Whigs and Cities is the first major study of the urban politics of the early Hanoverian era. The book challenges the view that the political nation was of minimal significance, highlighting the critical contribution of the larger towns to the agitations which beset Walpole and swept Pitt topower. At the same time the book is attentive to the different rhythms and trajectories of urban politics and seeks to show, through a study of Bristol, Norwich, and the metropolis, the relative strength of the opposition sentiment and its social configurations, the persistence of local antagonisms,and the interplay of economic interest and political clientage. It ends with a discussion of crowds and political festivals which sheds new light on the grass-roots dynamics of urban political culture.

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Whigs and Cities is the first major study of the urban politics of the early Hanoverian era. The book challenges the view that the political nation was of minimal significance, highlighting the critical contribution of the larger towns to the agitations which beset Walpole and swept Pitt topower. At the same time the book is attentive ...

Nicholas Rogers is an Associate Professor of History at York University, Ontario.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:450 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198217854

ISBN - 13:9780198217855

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'important and lucidly argued volume ... Professor Rogers would be the first to admit that a lot more work has still to be done on urban politis. But his fine ground-breaking study has opened up the theme and pointed the way.'Angus McInnes, University of Keele, British Journal of 18th-Century Studies, 15:1