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Whigs and cities : popular politics in the age of Walpole and Pitt /
Nicholas Rogers.
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
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xi, 440 p. : 1 ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0198217854 :
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
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0198217854 :
catalogue key
2235332
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [407]-431) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-10:
Rogers challenges the view that the decades following the Hanoverian Succession in 1714 were characterized by placid "political stability" in England. Rogers (York University, Toronto) feels that urban politics--and urban crowds--offered a vigorous opposition to Walpole and the Whigs, at least until the Pelhamite calm of the early 1750s. He backs this assessment with an exhaustive review of local politics in London, Bristol, and Norwich, and with an interesting discussion of urban crowds and popular festivals between 1710 and 1760. Rogers resists the neotraditionalist interpretations of Linda Colley, and J.C.D. Clark, but he does not feel that the urban politics and crowds he chronicles represented modern class consciousness. Their activities did, however,make the later activities of Wilkesites and others less surprising. In many respects, this book is a political complement to Peter Borsay's rather more accessible study, The English Urban Renaissance (CH, May'90), which draws more upon cultural and demographic sources. Both will be essential to graduate students in 18th-century British political, social, and urban history. -J. R. Breihan, Loyola College
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'A book of outstanding learning and research.'S.E. Goodman, Journal of the London Society
'a fine piece of work which certainly deserves the attention of all interested in the history of urban politics. It breaks new ground, particularly in its examination of cities outside London, and deserves to become a standard for research in the field.'Malcolm Greenshields, Urban History Review
'an important study of Hanoverian urban politics'Archives
'a splendid treatment of its theme, missing no opportunity to bring out the importance of the subject, but resisting the tempation to claim too much ... Rogers has provided us with what must be, for some time to come, the standard work on the cities and larger towns of the early Hanoverianperiod.'Brian W. Hill, University of East Anglia, English Historical Review, January 1991
"As well-grounded in archival research as he is in the relevant secondary sources, Rogers marshals a formidable amount of evidence....Rogers has re-mapped the world of urban political culture in eighteenth-century Britain, and from now on, to survey the territory scholars must begin with him as their guide."--Albion "Rogers has substantially contributed to our understanding of the complexities and contradictions of the political landscape in the early Hanoverian period."--American Historical Review "Essential to graduate students in 18th-century British political, social, and urban history."--Choice
"As well-grounded in archival research as he is in the relevant secondary sources, Rogers marshals a formidable amount of evidence....Rogers has re-mapped the world of urban political culture in eighteenth-century Britain, and from now on, to survey the territory scholars must begin with him as their guide."-- Albion "Rogers has substantially contributed to our understanding of the complexities and contradictions of the political landscape in the early Hanoverian period."-- American Historical Review "Essential to graduate students in 18th-century British political, social, and urban history."-- Choice
'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
'indispensable to students of urban politics in the reign of the first two Georges'Eveline Cruikshank, History Today
'Professor Roger's long-awaited study of urban politics in the middle decades of the eighteenth century makes an important contribution to the current debate concerning the nature of the Hanoverian political system ... we can be fully appreciative of the importance of Professor Roger'sachievement: he has provided us with a model of metropolitan and provincial political culture in the early Hanoverian period which will be the benchmark for future studies in this area.'History
'the book is a major contribution to our understanding of the 18th century'Times Higher Education Supplement
'This is a very substantial study, and a stimulating one ...A distinguishing merit of this thoughtful study is the range of source material on which the author draws ... the book has a freshness and vigour which should commend it to the interested reader.'Joanna Innes, Somerville College, Oxford, Labour History Review, Vol.55, No.3, Winter 1990
'What he adds that is new is the detail and subtlety that can only come from precise, grass-roots analysis.'Times Literary Supplement
'A book of outstanding learning and research.'S.E. Goodman, Journal of the London Society'an important study of Hanoverian urban politics'Archives'What he adds that is new is the detail and subtlety that can only come from precise, grass-roots analysis.'Times Literary Supplement'indispensable to students of urban politics in the reign of the first two Georges'Eveline Cruikshank, History Today'the book is a major contribution to our understanding of the 18th century'Times Higher Education Supplement'This is a very substantial study, and a stimulating one ...A distinguishing merit of this thoughtful study is the range of source material on which the author draws ... the book has a freshness and vigour which should commend it to the interested reader.'Joanna Innes, Somerville College, Oxford, Labour History Review, Vol.55, No.3, Winter 1990'a splendid treatment of its theme, missing no opportunity to bring out the importance of the subject, but resisting the tempation to claim too much ... Rogers has provided us with what must be, for some time to come, the standard work on the cities and larger towns of the early Hanoverian period.'Brian W. Hill, University of East Anglia, English Historical Review, January 1991'Professor Roger's long-awaited study of urban politics in the middle decades of the eighteenth century makes an important contribution to the current debate concerning the nature of the Hanoverian political system ... we can be fully appreciative of the importance of Professor Roger's achievement: he has provided us with a model of metropolitan and provincial political culture in the early Hanoverian period which will be the benchmark for future studies inthis area.'History'a fine piece of work which certainly deserves the attention of all interested in the history of urban politics. It breaks new ground, particularly in its examination of cities outside London, and deserves to become a standard for research in the field.'Malcolm Greenshields, Urban History Review'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'an impressive command of primary sources ... Rogers has substantially contributed to our understanding of the complexities and contradictions of the political landscape in the early Hanoverian period. His work will be an important guide for future exploration of the urban political terrain.'Carla H. Hay, Marquette University, American Historical Review, June 1992'With this impressive book, highly readable and excellently constructed, Rogers has supplied further support for his demand that we look seriously at popular politics in the English cities ... this work contains a great deal of fresh material ... excellent book.'Jonathan Barry, University of Exeter, Parliamentary History, Vol. II, No. 2, 1992'The limits to Whig oligarchy and the changing configuration of party politics in the early Hanoverian era are themes explored in Nicholas Rogers's superb study, Whigs and Cities.'Tim Harris, Brown University, Journal of Modern History, Volume 64, Number 4, December 1992
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Long Description
This is the first major study of urban politics in the early Hanoverian era. Rogers challenges the view that the political nation was of minimal significance, and highlights the critical contribution of larger towns to the agitations that beset Walpole and swept Pitt to power. He shows, through a study of Bristol, Norwich, and London, the relative strength of opposition sentiment, the persistence of local antagonisms, and the interplay of economic interest and political clientage. Offering a challenging reinterpretation of the role of the crowd in urban politics, Whigs and Cities sheds new light on the dynamics of urban political culture in the 18th century.
Long Description
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 to power. 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.
Main Description
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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