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Seminar 1

Seminar 1: Identity, Gender and Politics

Seminar Questions

  • Evaluate Namier's contribution to the study of eighteenth century politics.
  • Do you agree with Clark that continuity not change is the key to the political, religious and social structure of England from 1688-1832?
  • How, when and why does a ‘British’ identity evolve?
  • ‘The power behind the throne’. Does this description accurately sum up women’s role in politics before 1832?
  • Does religion act as a force for stability or volatility in eighteenth century politics?
  • Is religious toleration a myth in British society?

Historians and Historiography

J Brooke, 'Namier and Namierism', History and Theory, 1964

J C D Clark, English Society

J C D Clark, 'A General Theory of Party, Opposition and Government, 1688-1832', Historical Journal, 1980

L Namier, The Structure of Politics at the Accession of George III

L Colley, 'The Politics of Eighteenth Century British History', Journal of British Studies, 1986

L Colley, Britons

L Colley, Lewis Namier

F O'Gorman, 'Fifty Years After Namier: The Eighteenth Century in British Historical Writing', The Eighteenth Century, 1979

J H Plumb, The Growth of Political Stability in England

National Identity

L Colley, Britons

Stephen Conway, ‘War and National Identity in the mid-eighteenth century British Isles’, English Historical Review, 2001

P Langford, Englishness Identified

G Newman, The Rise of English Nationalism

Foreign Policy, the Economy, Religion and Society

D Bebbington, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain

G Bennett, 'Conflict in the Church', in G Holmes ed., Britain After the Glorious Revolution

M Berg, The Age of Manufactures

J Black, A system of ambition?, British foreign policy, 1660-1793

J Bossy, The English Catholic Community 1570-1850

J E Bradley, Religion, Revolution and English Radicalism

J Brewer, The Sinews of Power: War, money and the English State, 1688-1783

R Hole, Pulpits, Politics and Public Order in England, 1760-1832

D Hempton, Methodism and Politics in British Society, 1750-1850

G Holmes and W A Speck, The Divided Society

P Langford, A Polite and Commercial People

P J Marshall (ed.), The Oxford History of the British Empire in the Eighteenth Century

P Mathias, The transformation of England, essays in the economic and social history of England in the eighteenth century

R Porter, English Society in the Eighteenth Century

J Rule, Albion's People, English Society 1714-1815

Women and Politics in the Eighteenth Century

L Colley, Britons [chapter on Womenpower]

H Barker and E Chalus eds, Gender in 18th century England: Roles, Representations and responsibilities [section on politics]

E Chalus, ‘My Minerva at my Elbow: The role of women in eighteenth century England’ in S Taylor et al. (ed.), Hanoverian Britain and Empire

Elaine Chalus, Elite Women in English Political Life

A Foreman, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

Kathryn Gleadle and Sarah Richardson (eds), Women in British Politics, 1760-1860, especially intro and chaps 1 and 2

Judith Lewis, Sacred to Female Patriotism: Gender, Class and Politics in Late Georgian Britain

C Hall, ‘The sweet delights of home’ in M Perrot ed., A History of Private Life

C Hall, ‘The tale of Samuel and Jemima’ in E P Thompson: Critical Perspectives

P Jupp, ‘The roles of royal and aristocratic women in British politics, c. 1782-1832’ in M O’Dowd and S Wichert eds, Chattel, servant or citizen: women’s status in Church, State or Society

S Mendelson and P Crawford, Women in early modern England, 1550-1720 [section on politics]

L Mitchell, Holland House

Hilda Smith (ed.), Women Writers and the Early Modern British Political Tradition

S Tillyard, Aristocrats

Amanda Vickery, Women, Privilege and Power, especially chaps 1-4