Table of Contents:
  • List of Plates
  • List of Figures and Maps
  • List of Tables
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. England 1783-1846: A Preview
  • The Economy: Crisis and Survival
  • An Old or New Regime?
  • The Politics of Theatre and the Theatre of Politics
  • 2. Politics in the Time of Pitt and Fox, 1783-1807
  • The Launching of Pitt and the Destruction of Fox
  • Party Government or Broad Bottom?
  • The French Revolution and Political Realignment
  • 'Pitt's Terror'
  • Irish Problems
  • French Wars
  • The Fall of Pitt
  • Peace and War
  • 3. Pittism and Plutocracy: The Social and Psychological Foundations
  • Court Whigs, Country Whigs, and the Conservative Reaction
  • Virtuous Economics
  • A New Vision of Government
  • Class Distinctions and Rentier Capitalism
  • The Late Hanoverian Aristocracy: Domination or Accommodation?
  • Commerce and the Quasi-Professions
  • Business Classes
  • Producers and Dealers: The Makings of a Lesser-Middle Class?
  • Civic Cultures: A Literary and Philosophical People
  • The Evangelical Revival
  • Slavery and National Mission: The Politics of Virtue
  • The Politics of Pittism: Rhetoric and Reality
  • 4. Politics in the Time of Liverpool and Canning, 1807-1827
  • The Development of Two-Party Politics?
  • The Narrative Resumed: All-Out Warfare
  • Liberation and Liberalism
  • Victory, the Second Empire, and a Mistaken Case of National Identity
  • 'A Malady of Peace': The Foundations of Monetary Policy
  • Rethinking the Corn Laws
  • The Squires' Revolt
  • 'Never a Controversial Cabinet': Lord Liverpool's System of Politics
  • The Reshuffle of 1821-1823 and the Origins of Cabinet Government
  • Divided Cabinets: Foreign and Economic Policies
  • 5. Ruling Ideologies
  • 'A Love of System'
  • Liberal Toryism versus High Toryism
  • Utilitarianism
  • Natural Theology in a Fallen World
  • The Paradoxes of Political Economy
  • Philosophic Whiggism
  • The Status of Women and Ideas about Gender
  • 6. The Crisis of the Old Order, 1827-1832
  • Coalition and the Canningite Flame
  • The Goderich File
  • The First Blow: Test and Corporation Act Repeal
  • The Second Blow: Catholic Emancipation
  • The Emancipation of Peel
  • Money and the Millennium
  • Ultra Tory Backlash
  • The Fall of the Pittite Regime
  • The Struggle for Reform
  • A Middle-Class Bill, or a case of Landed Reaction?
  • Appendix 6.1. The Status of the Borough Freeholders
  • Appendix 6.2. Split Voting, Straight Voting, and Plumping
  • 7. Contesting Mechanical Philosophy
  • The Evolutionary Moment: The Scientific Threat to Belief
  • From Romantic Science to Peelite Compromise
  • From Unitarianism to Liberal Anglicanism
  • The Oxford Movement
  • The Middle Ages, the 'Olden Time', and Ideas of Nation
  • From Romanticism to Socialism
  • 8. Politics in the Time of Melbourne and Peel, 1833-1846
  • From Reform to Repeal: The Narrative Resumed
  • The Analysis Resumed: Party Politics without Parties
  • The Politics of Militant Dissent
  • Clouds in the West
  • Towards Free Trade: 'Mighty Athlete' or 'Wounded Giant'?
  • Towards the Pax Britannica
  • Imperial Onset
  • 9. The Condition and Reconditioning of England
  • Social Crisis
  • The Origins of Social Policy
  • 'System, Method, Science, Economy': Defining the Liberal State
  • Chartism
  • Class and Community
  • Mad Metropolis
  • 10. Afterwards: 'There are No Barbarians Any Longer'
  • Chronology
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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