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The Age of Aristocracy 1688-1830 8th Edition

William B. Willcox, Walter L. Arnstein

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1996, 1992
  • 384 Pages


This text, which is the third volume in the best-selling History of England series, tells how a small and insignificant outpost of the Roman empire evolved into a nation that has produced and disseminated so many significant ideas and institutions. The Eighth Edition incorporates more women's history, while continuing to provide balanced political and economic coverage with social and cultural history woven throughout.

William B. Willcox,

Walter L. Arnstein, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

I. The Fruits of Revolution: 1688 to 1714
1. The Glorious Revolution
King and Parliament
The Reign of James II (1685-1688)
The Role of William
Whigs and Tories
The Revolution Settlement in England
The Turnabout in Foreign Policy
The Revolution Settlement in Ireland
Financial Innovations
2. The Reign of Queen Anne
The War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713)
England and Scotland: Uneasy Union
Administration and Politics in Wartime
The Twilight of the Stuart Era (1710-1714)
II. The Whig Oligarchy: 1714 to 1763
3. The Structure of Society
The England of Gregory King
The Aristocracy and the Gentry
The Farmers
Merchants and Artisans
Life in London
The Roles of Women
The Poor Law
4. Politics in the Age of Walpole
The Defeat of Toryism
The Cabinet and Parliament
Local Government
Years of Instability (1714-1722)
The Walpole Machine
The Years of Stability (1727-1738)
Britain and the Wider World
The Coming of War with Spain (1738-1739)
Walpole: The Legacy
5. The Winning of Empire
The Expansion of the Conflict (1739-1740)
The Nature of Eighteenth-Century Warfare
The War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748)
Reversal of Alliances and Renewal of War (1748-1757)
The Rise of William Pitt
The Years of Victory (1758-1760)
The Peace of Paris
The Price of Victory
6. Eighteenth-Century Views of the World
England and the Enlightenment
Scotland and the Enlightenment
The Role of Religion
The Augustan Era in English Literature
The World of Lord Chesterfield
The World of Samuel Johnson
III. Forces of Change: 1760 to 1789
7. The Age of George III
The Character of the King
The Politics of the 1760s
The Case of John Wilkes
The Radical Impulse
8. The Loss of Empire
The American Problem
The Decade of Wobbling (1761-1770)
The Coming of War (1770-1775)
The Civil War (1775-1778)
The World War (1778-1783)
Disunion at Home
The Peace Settlement
9. The Coming of Industry
The Eighteenth-Century Population Explosion
Industrialization: The Prerequisites
Industrialization: The Process
The Social Consequences
10. A Pause Between Storms
The Great Landlords
The Religious Revival
Humanitarian Movements
Pitt and Reform
Empire in India
IV. War and Its Aftermath: 1789 to 1830
11. The Struggle Against the French Revolution
French Revolutionaries and British Reformers
Burke and the New Conservatism
The War in Europe (1793-1797)
The Impact of War at Home
The Naval Conflict (1793-1797)
The Egyptian Expedition (1798)
The War of the Second Coalition (1799-1801)
The Irish Crisis (1797-1801)
The Peace of Amiens (1802)
12. The Napoleonic Wars
The War at Sea (1803-1805)
The War of the Third Coalition (1805-1807)
The Continental System (1807-1809)
The British Counterattack (1810-1811)
The American and Russian Wars (1812)
The Fall of Napoleon (1813-1815)
13. The Twilight of Aristocracy
The Settlement of 1815
Britain''s Breach with the Concert (1815-1823)
The Tory Reaction (1815-1822)
The Prince Regent and Regency England
Crisis in the Near East (1821-1830)
Moderate Toryism (1822-1827)
The Disruption of the Tories (1827-1830)
The Reform Program