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Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790

Elaine Chalus


This book explores the gendered nature of politics and political life in 18th-century England by focusing on the political involvement of female members of the political elite. The book challenges the notion that only exceptional women were involved in politics, that their participation was necessarily limited and indirect, and that their involvement was inevitably declining after the 1784 Westminster Election. While exceptional women did exist and gender did condition women's participation, the personal, social, and particularly the familial nature of 18th-century politics provided more women ... More

Keywords: 1784 Westminster Election, gender, class, borough control, election management, family traditions, political expediency, corruption, sexualized criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280100
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Chalus, author
Senior Lecturer in History, Bath Spa University
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