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Politics under the Later Stuarts
Party Conflict in a Divided Society 1660-1715

ISBN 9780582040823
Published February 1, 1993 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

The first major study of party conflict in England over the later Stuart period from the reign of Charles II to its culmination under Anne. Tim Harris shows how the party configuration of subsequent British politics emerged in these crucial years. He deals not only with high politics and with the organisation of the new parties, but also with the ideological roots of party strife.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The restoration

The desire for the Restoration
The political settlement
Religious tensions
3. Court, Country and Origins of Party
Fears of popery and abritratrary government and the emergence of Court-Country tensions
The beginnings of party organisation
Conflict over the Church
4. The Exclusion Crisis
The Whigs and exclusion
The constitutional position of the Whigs
The Whigs and the issue of dissent
The Tories and the defence of the succession
Divisions in Parliament and 'out-of-doors'
5. The Glorious Revolution
The Tory reaction and the accession of James II
Tory-Anglican opposition to James II
The Revolution settlement
6. High Politics and Party Ideology under William and Anne
The structure of politics
The issues
Court versus Country and the transformation of party
7. The Divided Society under William and Anne
The social context of party strife
The drama of elections
The socio-economic contours of the divided society
8. Jacobitism
The dimensions of Jacobitism
Jacobitism in society
Scottish Jacobitism
The Jacobite challenge 1714 - 15
9. Conclusion

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"Tim Harris has written the finest and most comprehensive synthesis of late Stuart politics to appear since J H Plumb's The Growth of Political Stability in England 1675 - 1725."
– American Historical Review