1st Edition

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

By Tim Harris Copyright 1993
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    Tim Harris

    "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