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The Commercialisation of Politics

Suggested Reading

  • John Brewer, ‘Clubs, commercialization and politics’ in John Brewer, Neil McKendrick and John Plumb (eds), The Birth of a consumer society
  • John Brewer, ‘The Wilkites and the Law’ in John Brewer and John Styles (eds), An Ungovernable People
  • John Brewer, 'The number 45: a Wilkite political symptom', in S Baxter (ed.) England's rise to greatness
  • John Brewer, Consumption and the World of Goods and Sinews of Power
  • John Brewer and Frank Trentmann, Consuming cultures, global perspectives : historical trajectories, transnational exchanges
  • Perry Gauci, 'The clash of interests: commerce and the politics of trade in the Age of Anne', Parliamentary History, 2009
  • Natasha Glaisyer, The Culture of Commerce in England
  • John Money, ‘Taverns, clubs and popular articulacy’, Historical Journal, 1971
  • S. Pincus, ‘Neither Machiavellian Moment Nor Possessive Individualism: Commercial Society and the Defenders of the English Commonwealth’, American Historical Review, 1998


  • How was politics commercialised in this period?
  • How did commercialisation help to popularise politics?
  • What form did commercialisation take?

Bretherton, John Wilkes (British Museum)