A Pleasing Prospect: Society and Culture in Eighteenth-century Colchester

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Univ of Hertfordshire Press, 2008 - History - 235 pages
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Based on extensive primary-source research, this historical account considers the changing identity of 18th-century Colchester from the perspective of its “middling sort”—a section of society often attached to cultures of politeness and to the practices of consumption and production that helped shape economic change. Painstakingly reconstructing 18th-century social networks along lines of family, kinship, gender, spatiality, religion, and politics, this study examines the relationships between individual and family biographies while reflecting on provincial urban society and culture. The guide explores how Colchester capitalized on growth in agriculturally based industries—such as brewing, milling, and malting—and its role as an east-coast port and its participating in the urban renaissance and commodification of polite culture.

 

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Contents

Status in stone
24
Kin and connection
47
Credit and exchange
75
Politeness and association
101
Chief priests lawyers and tradesmen
127
Points to be carried
148
Disorder and dependence
167
The indefatigable Mr Strutt
195
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Shani D'Cruze is an honorary reader in history at Keele University and the author of Crimes of Outrage: Sex, Violence and Victorian Working Women.

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