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Scandal : the sexual politics of the British constitution

Author: Anna Clark
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Are sex scandals simply trivial distractions from serious issues or can they help democratize politics? In 1820, George IV's "royal gambols" with his mistresses endangered the Old Oak of the constitution. When he tried to divorce Queen Caroline for adultery, the resulting scandal enabled activists to overcome state censorship and revitalize reform. Looking at six major British scandals between 1763 and 1820, this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Clark
ISBN: 069111501X 9780691115016 9780691126012 0691126011
OCLC Number: 51607318
Description: xii, 311 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Wilkes, sexuality, and liberty: how scandal transforms politics --
Influence or independence: women and elections, 1777-1788 --
Edmund Burke and the Begums of Oudh: gender, empire, and public opinion --
Scandal in an age of revolution --
From petticoat influence to women's rights? --
The Mary Anne Clarke affair and the system of corruption --
Queen Caroline and the sexual politics of the British constitution --
Sexual scandals and politics, past and present.
Responsibility: Anna Clark.

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