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Judging New WealthPopular Publishing and Responses to Commerce in England, 1750–1800$
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James Raven

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202370.001.0001

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Assumptive Gentry and the Threat to Stability

Assumptive Gentry and the Threat to Stability

(p.221) 11 Assumptive Gentry and the Threat to Stability
Judging New Wealth

James Raven

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the increasing resentment against the social and political aspirations of businessmen in the late 18th century, as reflected in popular literature. These depictions focused on three arriviste types: planters, manufacturers, and nabobs. Both the speed and the extent of social advancement were emphasized by novelists and magazine contributors. Sudden social climbing was portrayed as deceitful and dangerous, and writers touched upon many of the concerns discussed so far — the social and financial fears of luxury and fashion, the establishment of standards of taste, and the preservation of traditional features of status. Underpinning such contributions was the need to create a saleable cause to explain ills and to broadcast a simple, positive message. Many arguments were interwoven: their impact depended upon their interconnectedness and their confusion. By far the greatest attention was given to self-made men returning after service with the East India Company.

Keywords:   businessmen, popular literature, East Indian Company, wealth, social climbing, planters, manufacturers, nabobs

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