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Politics and Society in Great Yarmouth 1660–1722$
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Perry Gauci

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206057.001.0001

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Uncertainty and Unity: 1689–1702

Uncertainty and Unity: 1689–1702

(p.174) 6 Uncertainty and Unity: 1689–1702
Politics and Society in Great Yarmouth 1660–1722


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One of the more surprising gap in the historiography of the 1690s remains the fate of the corporations in the aftermath of the regulatory policies of the later Stuarts. The Glorious Revolution has rightly been accredited as a watershed in the crown's relationship with its local governors. Despite this early success, the town had good cause to fear for its privileged position. The Yarmouth Corporation's prospects were not dissimilar to those of the suspect earl. Further financial decline was likely while haven blockage continued to threaten the trade of the port. The outbreak of hostilities in 1665 and 1672 had been greeted with trepidation by the mercantile community at Yarmouth. Despite the upheavals of war, Yarmouth's parliamentary election of October 1695 suggested that mercantile difficulties had far from dissolved local unity.

Keywords:   historiography, regulatory policies, Yarmouth Corporation, parliamentary election, local unity

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