The waning of "old corruption" : the politics of economical reform in Britain, 1779-1846 /
Philip Harling.
Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press, c1996.
vii, 307 p. ; 23 cm.
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Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press, c1996.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-298) and index.
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Most historians of Britain now take for granted that a narrow and mostly landed elite managed to retain its social supremacy throughout much of the nineteenth century. But as yet, there is no throrough explanation for the persistence of the old elite's political authority in an age when that authority was seriously questioned by many Britons. In this original study, Philip Harling furnishes an important part of this explanation. He argues that the mostly Pittite governing elite helped to allay the suspicions of parasitism at the root of the familiar critique of 'Old Corruption' by responding to intense pressure to sanitize government.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. xi
Note on the Textp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Background to the French Wars: Pittite Reform in the 1780sp. 31
The French Wars and the Failure of Pittite Reformp. 56
The 'Pitt System' and the Revival of Economical Reform, 1806-1815p. 89
Liberal Toryism and Economical Reform, 1815-1830p. 136
Economical Reform in the 'Decade' of Reform, 1830-1841p. 197
Conservative Disinterestedness, 1841-1846p. 228
Epiloguep. 255
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 299
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