Bristol from Below

October 2017
10 black and white, 3 line illustrations
403 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History
ISBN: 9781783272440
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037050

Bristol from Below

Law, Authority and Protest in a Georgian City

Steve Poole, Nicholas Rogers

Captures the substance and scale of popular politics and protest in Bristol over the course of the long eighteenth century.
Bristol from Below captures the substance and scale of popular politics and protest in Bristol over the course of the long eighteenth century. It 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 middling sort to the cultural and political life of the city, 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. Bristol From Below will have a broad appeal to scholars and students of eighteenth-century social, economic and political history as well as to urban and regional historians and to those interested in the time when Bristol was England's 'Second City'.

STEVE POOLE is Professor of History and Heritage at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

NICHOLAS ROGERS is Distinguished Research Professor in History at York University, Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Bristol: Prospects and Profiles
Voices in the Crowd
Authority, Class and Clientage in Bristol Politics
Wreckers from Without: Weavers, Colliers, Arsonists and Sodomites, 1729-34
Popular Jacobitism and the Politics of Provocation
Anger and Reprisals: the Struggle against Turnpikes and their Projectors, 1727-53
'It is better to stand like men than to starve in the land of plenty': Food Riots and Market Regulation in Bristol
Naval Impressment in Bristol, 1739-1815
Bristol and the War of American Independence
A Loyal City? The Diversity of Dissent in Bristol in the 1790s
Hunt and Liberty: Popular Politics in Bristol, 1800-20
'This is the blaze of Liberty!' The Burning of Bristol in 1831


A vigorous account of... true stories, some darkly comic, some tragic, nearly all highly dramatic. BRISTOL & GLOUCESTERSHIRE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

A compelling and vivid portrait of a bustling, enterprising and often lawless and violent city. There is nothing boring about 18th century Bristol and the authors know it. BRISTOL TIMES

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