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A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?: England 1783-1846 (New Oxford History of England) 1st Edition

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"A model of the historian's art and a trailblazing marriage of intellectual and political history."--Atlantic Monthly


"Faced with an impossible task, Hilton's A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?--immensely erudite, capacious yet with a distinctive voice, and written with considerable panache--is as outstanding contribution to a series whose approach to history...."--he New York Review of Books


About the Author


Boyd Hilton is Professor of Modern British History in the University of Cambridge and has been a Fellow of Trinity College since 1974. He has served as Senior Tutor, Dean, and Steward of the College. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Oxford History of England
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199218919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199218912
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.7 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good on the transition to constitutional monarchy,
Lees useful on on the underlying economic, technical & social changes
(things I'm interested in)
I lose track on personalities & timeline likely because I lack
the background reading, but author seems to skip around
as events are dealt from varying POV.
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All too many surveys of history start with soaring language that stresses how the period being examined was one of great change. Refreshingly, Boyd Hilton's contribution to the New Oxford History of England series does not do this, focusing instead on the continuities of English history from the late eighteenth to the mid nineteenth century. While acknowledging the dramatic demographic growth of this period and the economic transformations it spawned, he argues that the political revolutions of the late eighteenth century fueled an embrace of neo-conservative ideologies that proved remarkably enduring throughout the period.

Hilton's argument shapes not just his interpretation of English history during this period, but his presentation of it as well. Arguing for a "politicization of society" during this period, he provides more political narrative than previous authors in the series have for their volumes. These chapters provide an insightful analysis of the period, particularly with regards to the political ideologies of the period. He supplements this with a superb bibliography at the end, one that offers a stimulating analysis of the historiography on the period.

Yet judged by the standard of the series, the book is something of a disappointment. The predominance of the political narratives crowds out other aspects of the era, most notably the dramatic technological changes so critical to it; these are usually addressed only in their consequences, and incompletely even then. A more persistent problem, however, is the author's presentation of historical arguments in the text. Often Hilton presents the varying interpretations of a topic or a personage with little sense as to his own opinion on the issue. While some may value the opportunity to make their own assessments, Hilton's effort at even-handedness deprives the reader of the sort of informed judgments that have made the series such a valuable tool for understanding English history.
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The book is outstanding, a true masterpiece. I can not imagine how one man alone could have written a book like this. I can suggest it for all who are interested in the period of revolutions and British history in this period. Surely it is a must-read book!
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As expected from this imprint and of this series - detailed, well thought out, and quite readable. When this seller says like new they really mean it.
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