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Marriage, Debt, and the Estates System: English Landownership, 1650-1950

John Habakkuk


Until the later 19th century the great landlords and the gentry were the central element in the social and political life of the country, and even as late as 1940, in the supreme crisis of English history, the choice of leader lay between a grandson of the 11th Earl of Devon and a grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough. This book examines the social and legal foundations of this class — the estate and the family — from the late 17th century, when it freed itself from many of the constraints of royal power, to the present century when it became submerged by mass democracy. It sets out to answe ... More

Keywords: estates system, marriage, debt, social life, political life, Earl of Devon, Duke of Marlborough, English class system, legal foundations, royal power, mass democracy, landed élite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203988
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Habakkuk, author
All Souls College, Oxford