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An Open Elite?: England 1540-1880

Lawrence Stone and Jeanne C. Fawtier Stone


This book sets out to test the traditional view that for centuries English landed society has been open to new families made rich by business or public office. From a detailed examination of the landed elites of three counties between 1540 and 1880, the book comes to radical new conclusions about the landed classes. It describes the strategies of marriage and inheritance evolved by older families to preserve their position and ensure that the number of newcomers was always relatively small. The resulting work is a reassessment of the social, economic, and political history of England since the ... More

Keywords: landed society, business, public office, landed elites, landed classes, marriage, inheritance, England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206071
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Stone, author
Princeton University

Jeanne C. Fawtier Stone, author