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The Georgian Political Firmament - The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715–1785. By Kathleen Wilson. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Pp. xiv + 460. $69.95. - John Wilkes: A Friend to Liberty. By Peter D. G. Thomas. Oxford: Clarendon, 1996. Pp. vi + 280. $47.00. - British “Non-élite” MPs, 1715–1820. By Ian R. Christie. Oxford: Clarendon, 1995. Pp. 222. $49.95. - The Fountain of Privilege: Political Foundations of Markets in Old Regime France and England. By Hilton L. Root. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. Pp. xv + 280. $45.00. - The Theatres of War: Performance, Politics, and Society, 1793–1815. By Gillian Russell. Oxford: Clarendon, 1995. Pp. 211. $49.95.

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1 Brewer, John, Party Ideology and Popular Politics at the Accession of George III (Cambridge, 1976).

2 Ibid.; Rogers, Nicholas, Whigs and Cities: Popular Politics in the Age of Walpole and Pitt (Oxford, 1989); Borsay, Peter, The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town, 1660–1770 (New York, 1989).

3 Bleackley, Horace, The Life of John Wilkes (London, 1917).

4 Sedgwick, Romney, ed., The House of Commons, 1715–1754, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1970); SirNamier, Lewis and Brooke, John, eds., The House of Commons, 1754–1790, 3 vols. (Oxford, 1964); Thorne, R. G., ed., The House of Commons, 1790–1820, 5 vols. (London, 1986).

5 Christie, Ian, Stress and Stability in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain: Reflections on the British Avoidance of Revolution (Oxford, 1984), and Conservatism and Stability in British Society,” in The French Revolution and British Popular Politics, ed. Philip, Mark (Cambridge, 1990), pp. 169–87.


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