English Society: 1580-1680
"A brilliant and persuasive synthesis of the best recent work in all fields of seventeenth century English history."--Christopher Hill "A triumphant success . . . deserves to be widely read."--H. T. Dickinson "Conceived as an intellectual whole and vibrantly alive."--John Kenyon, The Observer English Society, 1580-1680 paints a fascinating picture of society and societal change in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It discusses both the enduring characteristics of society as well as the course of social change. The book emphasizes the wide variation in experience between different social groups and local communities, and the unevenness of the process of transition, to build up an overall interpretation of continuity and change. In this edition, Keith Wrightson provides a new introduction to set the book in its context and to reflect on recent research, together with an updated guide to further reading. Keith Wrightson is a professor of history at Yale University. His many books include Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain.
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Introduction to the 2003 edition
Degrees of people
Social relations in the local community
Husbands and wives parents and children
Population and resources
Agricultural alehouses areas attitudes authority behaviour Cambridge Cambridgeshire cent child clergy contemporary cottagers crime crisis cultural death degree demographic E. A. Wrigley Early Modern England early Stuart economic enclosure English society Essex evidence example existed farm gentlemen gentry godly Henry Newcome households husbandmen idem illegitimacy individual justices kinship labourers Lancashire land landlords Laslett later sixteenth Leicestershire less literacy living London Macfarlane marital marriage married match matter middling sort mobility Myddle neighbourliness neighbours opportunities Oxford parents parish Parkinson passim period poor popular population Poverty and Piety problem prosecutions puritan Ralph Josselin rank reformation relationships relative Richard Baxter riots rural servants seventeenth century significance sixteenth and seventeenth social groups social history social order Spufford structure tenants Thirsk Thomas tion towns urban village W. G. Hoskins wealth wife William William Perkins William Stout Wiltshire Wrightson and Levine yeomen