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The Waning of ‘Old Corruption’: The Politics of Economical Reform in Britain, 1779-1846

Philip Harling


Most historians of Britain now take for granted that a narrow and mostly landed élite managed to retain its social supremacy throughout much of the 19th century. But as of yet, there is no thorough explanation for the persistence of the old elite's political authority in an age when that authority was seriously questioned by many Britons. In this study, the book furnishes an important part of this explanation. It argues that the mostly Pittite governing élite helped to allay the suspicions of parasitism at the root of the familiar critique of ‘Old Corruption’ by responding to intense pressure ... More

Keywords: elite, social supremacy, nineteenth century, political authority, Old Corruption, tax

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205760
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Harling, author
University of Kentucky