Politics under the Later Stuarts: Party Conflict in a Divided Society 1660-1715, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Politics under the Later Stuarts

Party Conflict in a Divided Society 1660-1715, 1st Edition

By Tim Harris


274 pages

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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.


"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

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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Studies In Modern History

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HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Renaissance