A fractured society : the politics of London in the first age of party, 1688-1715 /
Gary Stuart De Krey.
Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1985.
xvi, 304 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1985.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [272]-289.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-05:
De Krey (Colgate University) has produced a well-written and valuable monograph that describes and analyzes the turbulent society and politics of London between the Glorious Revolution and the accession of the first Hanoverian monarch. His work is shaped by his stated purpose of investigating and seeking answers to four questions, the first of which is In what manner did the ideological purposes of party change during the period? He presents a strong and well-documented argument that ``the 1680s' party of magisterial prerogatives {the London Tories} and the 1680s' party of civic opposition {the London Whigs} exchange{d} their Court and Country connections.'' De Krey next examines the impact of the Revolution religious settlement of 1689 on the political culture of London. His evidence supports the conclusion that High Church concern was justified by the measure of nonconformist success in the city. His third question results in an explanation of the complex relationships that exist between the social and economic tensions of the various occupations and interests of the city's population and party politics in London. Finally, De Krey explores the growth and development of a libertarian political outlook among the London ``commons'' in the wake of the Revolution. The answers he provides to these questions are worthy of considerable attention and do make a significant contribution to a better understanding of a number of historiographical problems in the interpretation of politics and society in post-Revolution England. For all academic libraries at institutions with strong programs in history at the undergraduate level and beyond.-R.S. Fraser, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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The Glorious Revolution marked the beginning of a politically turbulent quarter-century in London, as urban society became aroused and divided over such issues as the expansion of overseas trade, the scale of continental warfare, the emancipation of religious dissenters, and the widespread political involvement of a newly-informed public. This work takes a fresh look at the origins and consequences of party conflict in late Stuart London and sets city politics in a national context. De Krey also offers an in-depth analysis of the particular make-up and ideological transformation of each party.

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