This series of monographs and studies covers a wide variety of historical themes from the sixteenth through to the early nineteenth century. It aims to publish intellectually stimulating works of scholarship that will make a major original contribution to the feld, whether through innovative conceptual, theoretical or methodological approaches or groundbreaking work on hitherto unexplored sources. By publishing work on cultural and social as well as political history, the series aims to break down some of the barriers that have traditionally existed between these various subfelds.
In addition, the series particularly welcomes studies which set the past in a more international or global context, such as for example works that link the histories of early modern Britain and Ireland to Europe, to the Americas or to the British empire.
These should be sent in the first instance to the series editors outlined below.
Professor Tim Harris
Munro-Goodwin Wilkinson Professor in European History
Professor Stephen Taylor
Department of History
Professor Andy Wood
Department of History
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Law, Authority and Protest in a Georgian City
This book charts the lives of ordinary Bristolians in the making of their city and devotes particular attention to their relationship with the mercantile elites who dominated the city’s governing institutions. While not ignoring the contribution of the middle class, the book focusses upon the interaction between authority and plebeian sentiment as a way of analysing the complexities of popular interventions in politics and society. It casts new light on the social dynamics of Bristol’s ‘golden age’ and how it is remembered in today’s city. It also addresses the general themes of class, authority, custom and law that have long engaged eighteenth-century historians.
This book forgoes the hunt for popular political allegiance in favour of recovering grassroots responses to the tangible consequences of revolution. It delves into the spaces where every day practices, social interactions, and power struggles intersected with the macro-politics of regime change. Tussles at local alehouses, encounters with excise collectors in the high street, and contests over authority at the marketplace reveal how the sites and scenes of everyday life became places where national politics were felt in the most ordinary of activities.