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In pursuit of civility : manners and civilization in early modern England

Author: Keith Thomas
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Civility in a changing world The renowned historian Keith Thomas has written a peerless study of the place of civility in the shaping of English society between the early sixteenth and the late eighteenth centuries. Dramatic changes in court fashion and manners took place, but equally important was the emergence of an urban trading and manufacturing class with new values and standards of behavior. Traditional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Thomas
ISBN: 9780300235777 0300235771
OCLC Number: 1041914637
Description: xvi, 457 pages: illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Keith Thomas.

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"Civility in a changing world The renowned historian Keith Thomas has written a peerless study of the place of civility in the shaping of English society between the early sixteenth and the late eighteenth centuries. Dramatic changes in court fashion and manners took place, but equally important was the emergence of an urban trading and manufacturing class with new values and standards of behavior. Traditional notions of class, gender, social custom, and Englishness would all be affected by the upheavals of the period. Civility emerged in contrast to barbarism, as England took its first steps towards global domination. Displaying a true master's grasp of the period, Thomas offers a compelling and wide-ranging analysis of the connections between changing notions of civility, the justification of colonial expansion, and the invention of race." --Publisher description.

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