The Eighteenth-Century Background

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1707 The Act of Union united England and Scotland, now becoming Great Britain

Cavalier and Puritan; The Age of Dryden; From Steele and Addison to Pope and Swift; The Age of Johnson; and The Period of the French Revolution. Chapters from a quite old edition of the Cambridge History of English and American Literature.

Dance History. An extended essay on social dance traditions in eighteenth-century England, part of a web site focusing on the history of English country dancing.

O'Gorman, Frank. A review of Jonathan Clark's English Society 1688-1832 (Cambridge Univ. Press 1985). Say O'Gorman, Clark revises the traditional view of 18th-century England that emphasized its constitutional traditions, parliamentary government, rule of law, and religious toleration. In Clark's book, England is presented "less as a liberal society than as an ancien regime, similar in many ways to the absolutist societies of the continent." Institute of Historical Research.

A review of Fashioning Masculinity: National Identity and Language in the Eighteenth Century, by Michèle Cohen (Routledge, 1996); Reviewed by Robert B. Shoemaker in History in Focus 8 (Spring 2005).

A review of Andrew Elfenbein's Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role (Columbia UP 1999). Reviewed by Petra Dierkes-Thrun for Rocky Mountain MLA.

Modern History: Politics, Reform, and Imperial Crisis 1774-1784. Oxford Univ. bibliography.

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