Role of Ruling Class Adaptability in the British Transition From Ancien Regime to Modern State. The Open Elite of Britain and Ireland From the Middle Ages to the Second World War

Author: Wasson, Ellis
Year:2010
Pages:328
ISBN:0-7734-1464-9
978-0-7734-1464-8
Price:219.95
Details how the landed elite openly absorbed a regular flow of new members to the ruling class. It examines the transition of Britain from aristocratic rule to democracy through a study of the Whig Party.

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“The articles in this volume highlight themes that continue to underlie Ellis Wasson's impressive body of work.” -Professor Michael McCahill

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Forward
Introduction
SOCIAL MOBILITY
Chapter I The House of Commons, 1660-1945: Parliamentary Families and the Political Elite
Chapter II The Crisis of the Aristocracy: Parliamentary Reform, the Peerage, and the House of Commons 1750-1914
Chapter III The Penetration of New Wealth into the English Governing Class from the Middle Ages to the First World War
Chapter IV The New Peerage: Recruitment to the House of Lords - 1704-1847 - with Michael McCahill
Chapter V The Irish Ascendancy: Counting Country Houses from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century
THE WHIG PARTY AND REFORM
Chapter VI The Coalitions of 1827 and the Crisis of Whig Leadership
Chapter VII The Spirit of Reform, 1832 and 1867
Chapter VIII The Great Whigs and Parliamentary Reform 1809-1832
Chapter IX The Whigs and the Press, 1800-1850
Bibliography
Index