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Age Relations and Cultural Change in Eighteenth-Century England

Crosbie, Barbara (2020) 'Age Relations and Cultural Change in Eighteenth-Century England.', . Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History.

Abstract

Interactions between age groups were central to major social and cultural developments in eighteenth-century England, and this book serves as a powerful reminder that people lived through not in the past. This book explores the links between age relations and cultural change, using an innovative analytical framework to map the incremental and contingent process of generational transition in eighteenth-century England. The study reveals how attitudes towards age were transformed alongside perceptions of gender, rank and place. It also exposes how shifting age relations affected concepts of authenticity, nationhood, patriarchy, domesticity and progress. The eighteenth century is not generally associated with the formation of distinct generations. This book, therefore, charts new territory as an age cohort in Newcastle upon Tyne is followed from infancy to early adulthood, using their experiences to illuminate a national, and ultimately imperial, pattern of change. The chapters begin in the nurseries and schoolrooms in which formative years were spent and then traverse the volatile terrain of adolescence, before turning to the adult world of fashion and politics. This investigation uncovers the roots of a generational divide that spilled into the political arena during the parliamentary election of 1774. But more than that, it demonstrates that the interactions between age groups were central to major social and cultural developments in the eighteenth century and serves as a powerful reminder of the need to recognise that people lived through not in the past.

Item Type:Book
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://boydellandbrewer.com/9781783275069/age-relations-and-cultural-change-in-eighteenth-century-england/
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:16 August 2021
Date of first online publication:31 May 2020
Date first made open access:No date available

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